Church of England launches first LGBTI chaplaincy service to make Christianity a ‘safe space for all’

Mar 30, 2020 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph:

The chaplaincy service – which volunteers claim provides a ‘lifeline’ for some congregants – marks the first scheme of its kind.

The Church of England’s first LGBTI chaplaincy service has been launched in a bid to make Christianity a “safe space for everyone”.

The chaplaincy service, based in the Diocese of Oxford, features eight voluntary chaplains offering support to members of the LGBTI community in the form of a cup of coffee, a walk, or just someone to confide in so as to “ serve people who have not been well-served by the church”.

The scheme, backed by the Bishop of Oxford, was launched two months ago and also offers special monthly services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender congregants at Christchurch Cathedral.

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