To our Beloved Queer Friends,
There are some difficult conversations happening right now in the UK about LGBTQ+ identity and Christian faith.
Some of those taking part in these conversations are open to learning and seeing others with compassion; there are some that deliberately set out to bring hatred and pain, and there are some who will hurt LGBTQ+ people out of ignorance and fear.
Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is a church committed to following the way of Jesus, justice, love and radical inclusion, and we want you to know that we celebrate you for all that you are.
Whether or not you are someone who identifies as a person of faith, this is what we believe is true of you:
- Your very existence brings a greater richness to the world and can help all of us understand more of the diversity and creativity of God.
- You are loved by God beyond measure.
- You are a blessing and a gift.
- Your story is beautiful.
There are LGBTQ+ Christians who have bravely entered into these difficult conversations out of a desire to have their perspectives represented – we thank you for this sacrifice, whilst recognising this is not a requirement or call for every LGBTQ+ person of faith.
Whether or not you are choosing to engage in the conversations going on, we’re praying these truths will surround you today. If you encounter resistance or ignorance or hatred, we pray that the truth about who you truly are and how deeply you are loved will fill your mind and heart.
We stand with you.
With much, much love,
Your friends from Inclusive Gathering Birmingham
Here’s a link to some further faith resources and groups that fully affirm and celebrate LGBTQ+ Identity.