OneBodyOneFaith welcomes further contributions to Living in Love and Faith
OneBodyOneFaith has warmly welcomed the letter to Dr Eeva John by a group of individuals and organisations, as part of the Living in Love and Faith project. The letter arises out of a meeting with Dr John which took place when the group came together for the second time, to share both their concerns about the process, and the experiences and aspirations of LGBT+ people in the Church of England. OneBodyOneFaith was represented at both of the meetings and was able to share its own unique perspective as a membership organisation, and the opportunities and accountabilities that this involves. We look forward to working closely alongside the new group as their work evolves.
Peter Leonard, Chair of Trustees, said, ‘LGBT+ people need to be at the heart of Living in Love and Faith, and so we welcome the meeting that has taken place with Dr John. Last summer, OneBodyOneFaith likewise expressed its concerns about the process, at the same time as offering the opportunity to our members to be involved if they felt able. We are pleased that a number have taken up that opportunity. It is vital that as many voices as possible are part of the conversation, and equally crucial that our leaders are genuinely open to hearing. There is much that is good going on in our churches, many signs of hope and renewal in and through the lives, loves and gifts of LGBT+ people. This process needs to reflect that back to the wider church, for its building up and blessing.’
Tracey Byrne, Chief Executive, said, ‘This letter is rooted in exactly the same desire for radical Christian inclusion as OneBodyOneFaith’s work. It likewise reminds the bishops that we are looking to their leadership, and will hold them accountable for the decisions they make, based on the outcome of Dr John’s work. The Spirit is moving within the Church, of that we are convinced. This is an opportunity for our leaders to have faith and to work with that Spirit, with wisdom, courage and compassion.’