‘Safe Space’ for LGBT Christians
from the Diocese of Lichfield:
The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, is setting up a consultation group to provide a ‘safe space’ for LGBT Christians to share their views and concerns with him.
The group is being established following the recent debate at General Synod on same-sex relationships.
It will include LGBT clergy and lay people from across the Diocese who will meet with Bishop Michael and share their perspectives freely and confidentially.
Bishop Michael (pictured above) spoke about the group during his Presidential Address at Diocesan Synod on Saturday, 11 March.
He said: “Writing after the General Synod debate, the Archbishops called for ‘a radical new Christian inclusion in the Church’. They stressed that ‘nobody is a problem’, and that all have a contribution to make.
“In the wake of the General Synod debate, I want to pay tribute in particular to the contribution made to the life of our diocese and parishes by gay and lesbian Christians, lay and ordained, and to acknowledge that we need to find a better way for their voices and concerns to be heard.