May I just say this – in the hope that it might help all of us who have been hurt by the Anglican Primates’ decisions this week:
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, n o r a n y p o w e rs.
Including the church. Including the Primates of the Anglican Communion. No judgement, no hypocrisy, no prejudice, no priest, no mother or father or online commentator or journalist or pew neighbour, whether believing to have the best intentions or intending to hurt, none of them can separate any of us from the love of God.
N o t a c h a n c e.
There is a need for all of us to stand up against discrimination in the church, to call the bullying that is going on by its proper name, and to stand up for a church which reflects the kingdom of God: a church where all are equal and welcome and valued, and where those who discriminate face consequences – not those who liberate.
The church has become the bully of its members, and it is not acceptable. So far it felt like the debates around sexuality were part of the slow, slow progress of a huge institution – but now, it seems more like a conscious choice against the love that makes the good news good…
I have a place at this table.
So do you.
We are all of us equals, invited and welcomed by God in whose image we are all made and who has called each of us by name.
No conditions, no exceptions.
I understand the difficult place Justin Welby is in. But an apology is not enough when the discrimination of the Communion is not just continued but actually approved by the ‘sanction’ of the one Province that chose to act with Christian love – which should be a given (and much too clearly is not).
It is not gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender Christians who need to repent but the churches.
My place in church is right in the heart of God. And let me tell you, I don’t find it particularly easy that in there, I sit right next to those who think my sexuality makes me unworthy or sinful or unsuitable for ministry. But I’m not going anywhere. And I fully intend to outstay the prejudice and homophobia that’s around.
Because whatever my faults may be, my sexuality is not one of them.