giving thanks for Grafton diocese
It was a great delight last week to lead the Grafton Diocese's clergy retreat. The diocese has gone through a number of difficult trials in recent years (especially in wrestling with horrific child abuse issues) but it includes a wonderful variety of people and places, led by its fine bishop Sarah Macneil. An area of fabulous country, rivers, beaches, lifestyles and pursuits, it has been very successful in holding together a wide diversity of Anglican outlooks whilst pursuing new initiatives in mission and ministry. May God bless it richly in brighter days ahead and strengthen us all in learning from one another.
It is a couple of weeks now since we formally launched the Toowoomba City Labyrinth
with a wonderful community ceremony at St Luke's and already it has proven a lovely boon to spiritual journeying in our city, with all kinds of individuals and groups using it. Labyrinth facilitator training will also start soon to enable more people to understand and lead others with this tool of spiritual growth. For an introduction please check out Toowoomba Chronicle's fine video piece here:
sharing LGBT Christian role models
dStonewall have done a great job in helping share Christian LGBT stories from across the globe in their new resource - Christian Role Models for LGBT Equality (download by clicking on the link here). The 20 stories come from Eastern Africa, the Caribbean, Poland, the Pacific, South America, Eastern Asia, Western Africa and Eastern Europe as well as the UK, South Africa, Brazil, USA and Russia. Each story shows the personal perspective of Christians who believe that their faith is not incompatible with either being LGBT or accepting LGBT people. Their backgrounds and religious traditions are all different; some are priests, some have been imprisoned, some are in relationships. Some identify as lesbian, gay, bi or trans, while others are allies of LGBT people and communities. May this resource help to bring positive change, save lives, reduce the appalling violence suffered by LGBT people across the world, and renew churches ans societies the world over.
Jo Inkpin is an Anglican priest serving as Minister of Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney, a trans woman, theologian & justice activist. These are some of my reflections on life, spirit, and the search for peace, justice & sustainable creation.