Please Sign: Open Letter in Support of LGBTI members to the Archbishops of the Anglican Communion

Members of any denomination are encouraged to add their signature to an open letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in support of LGBTI members of the Anglican Communion – you’ll find the letter and the opportunity to sign HERE.

The full text of the letter is this:

The Rt Hon and Most Revd Justin Welby
The Rt Hon and Most Revd Dr John Sentamu

January 7th 2016

Your Graces

We the undersigned ask you, our Archbishops, to take an unequivocal message to your meeting of fellow Primates next week that the time has now come for:

  • Acknowledgement that we, the Church, have failed in our duty of care to LGBTI members of the Body of Christ around the world.  We have not loved them as we should, and have treated them as a problem to be solved rather than as brothers and sisters in Christ to be embraced and celebrated.  We have made them feel second-class citizens in the Kingdom of God, often abandoned and alone.
  • Repentance for accepting and promoting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality, and for the pain and rejection that this has caused. We, the Church, need to apologise for our part in perpetuating rather than challenging ill-informed beliefs about LGBTI people, such as the slanderous view that homosexuals have a predisposition to prey on the young.

We understand that the Primates come from a variety of contexts with differing ways of interpreting the Scriptures, but we urge you to be prophetic in your action and Christ-like in your love towards our LGBTI sisters and brothers who have been ignored and even vilified for too long.

Please be assured of our prayers for you at this time, and that the world will know by our words and actions that everyone who is baptised into the faith is of equal value in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yours sincerely

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(The rights to this image belong to the LGBTI Anglican Coalition.)
I think the only thing I would change about the above statement is that I do not think the value of a human being in the eyes of God depends on whether or not they have been “baptised into the faith”. God is love. Without a single condition.
 
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