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Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision:

"We believe in inclusive Church - a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ."

Outside the Box: Being Christian and Bisexual

  Ever since I was asked to write this post, I have been struggling, feeling like a fraud. Compared to so many bisexual Christians, I have never once struggled, with my orientation or my faith. I have never once thought that being bi was a big deal, or worth mentioning. I knew I could love men as well as women from when I was around 14, and it was just one of those things I knew about myself, a fact just like the fact that I’m right-handed, blonde (in those days Read More »

Formal Notice of AGM

Inclusive Church is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday the 25th July at 6.45pm at Leicester Cathedral. All members and supporters are invited. If you are a member, you can also vote in the motions brought forward. If you want to attend the AGM, please sign up here. Please find below the formal notice and the papers in advance of the AGM.

Remembering Rachel Held Evans

  Just scrolling through the tweets on the hashtag #BecauseofRHE is enough to give a flavour of the impact and legacy of writer Rachel Held Evans, who died last week following a sudden illness. Obituaries in the Washington Post, the New Yorker plus numerous tweets from the likes of Bishop Michael Curry, Brene Brown and Hilary Clinton show the reach of her work. Bu Read More »

Reading List- Transgender People and Christianity

A selection of writing by or about transgender people relevant to the General Synod Human Sexuality Briefing Paper about the House of Bishops Guidance on using the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith with transgender people, February 2019.   Althaus-Reid M. and L. Isherwood (Eds.) 2009. Trans/Formations. London: SCM. Includes chapters by Susannah Cornwall, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Elizabeth Stuart, Lewis Reay et al.   B Read More »

A Statement on the IC General Synod campaign

The General Synod of the Church of England has important elections in 2020, and we’re putting together a partnership of like minded organisations to make sure inclusive voices are well represented. The General Synod is responsible for the overall policy direction and legislation of the Church of England at the national level, and helping the church to become more inclusive will need strong representation. Lay members of Synod are elected by members of local Deanery Synods, and Read More »

Male Headship and Patriarchal Theologies

  When I was about 6 years old I remember playing by the closed kitchen door hearing my aunt tell her sister (my mother) that her husband hit her. I knew I wasn’t supposed to hear and so I kept it to myself. But it registered with me as a bad, bad thing. I never trusted – or liked – that uncle after that. The connection between abuse and male headship is obvious but there are plenty of people who will argue that there is no direct link.  Since e Read More »

Formal Notice of AGM 2019

Inclusive Church is holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday the 9th July at 7pm at Southwark Cathedral. All members and supporters are invited. If you are a member, you can also vote in the motions brought forward. If you want to attend the AGM, please book your ticket here. Please find below the formal notice and the papers in advance of the AGM. Read More »

IC sermon: Labels, identity and inclusion

St Michael's Aston Clinton   The below sermon was written and delivered by Ruth Wilde, the National Coordinator of Inclusive Church at St Michael's Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire on the 25th November 2018. Readings for the day: Daniel 7: 9-10 & 13-14 and John 18: 33-37 ­­­­­_____________________________________________________________________________ Labels , Identity and Inclusion

Being an introvert in an extrovert world

  Coming out as introvert As I write this blog, I am sitting in Friends House, opposite Euston station. It is relaxing haven in the middle of a very noisy city. I’m in the café, and I’m still finding it a bit too loud for my liking- people are talking, the café workers are clanging cutlery, and the occasional motorbike can be heard from the main road. Let me be clear: I am not autistic; neither do I have social anxiety. I can Read More »

Inclusion, Mission, Disciples, Growth

  Is inclusion work the role of social responsibility teams?    A charitable project? It’s about mission.  It’s about discipleship.  It’s also about growth.   For a few years, I have been working with some Dioceses on inclusion, and how it affects the number of people in church.  It’s no big secret that the Church of England’s overall membership is declining.  Whilst there are some areas o Read More »

A briefing paper on the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Guidance on using the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith with transgender people

  Please click on the link below to read the briefing document by Susan Gilchrist and Christina Beardsley. A briefing paper on the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Guidance on using the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith with transgender people For the associated reading list, please click Read More »

Something Worth Sharing: the 7th Annual Conference on Disability and Church

  The annual disability conference with St Martin in the Fields and Inclusive Church is always a joy to attend, for me. Sharing life and faith with fellow Christians is a blessing indeed. One of the questions I asked this year, as part of the talk I gave on disability, access and church was, “What are we accessing?” So often, church leaders may assume that disabled and neurodiverse people are accessing the building. Of course, they might well be. Read More »

Outside the Box: Coming Out as Bisexual at 40

  There’s a Monty Python sketch in the film ‘The Meaning of Life’ which sums up pretty well how self-conscious I feel about coming out as a bisexual man, in my forties, in a fulfilled and happy monogamous marriage to a woman. As the song ‘Every Sperm is Sacred’ ends, the scene cuts to a middle-aged Protestant couple, Mr and Mrs Blackitt, as the husband explains to his wife that, because they Read More »

We're All Valued Equally

  When I discovered my little girl had learning disabilities I felt so lonely and isolated. As she grew up I became increasingly aware of the number of barriers – the education system, people’s attitudes, my own lack of confidence and wish to withdraw – that were resulting in her, like others with learning disabilities, becoming socially segregated. Feeling called by God to do something about this, I co-founded WAVE (We’re All Valued Equally) a Read More »

Interview with IC treasurer, David Hancock

David has been a trustee and the treasurer of Inclusive Church for a good number of years now. He will be stepping down next year and IC will be actively looking for a replacement. He has been such a constant presence on the board and looking after IC's finances over the years and will be greatly missed. Ruth Wilde, National Coordinator of IC, decided to interview David in his final year... Hi D Read More »

Outside the Box: Nonbinary

  “Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the leadings of God whose Light shows us our darkness and brings us to new life." This is the first advice given to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain in our book of Advices and Queries, given to us as “a challenge and an inspiration”. It can be difficult to take heed to those promptings when the journey they take us on is one that we Read More »

Resignation of Cheryl Nimz

  It is with sadness that we have to inform members and supporters that Cheryl Nimz has had to resign from her post as she and her husband Mike are moving back to Canada. Cheryl was the administrator/PA to the National Coordinator and did a brilliant job responding to emails, doing church admin and helping with social media. She loved the job and she will be much missed by all at Inclusive Church. Unfortunately, Mike's work contract changed and they are unable to file for l Read More »

'No Outsiders' and the Importance of Solidarity Between Marginalised Groups

  'No Outsiders' is a resource for teachers. In the last few weeks those two words have become synonymous with division for some members of the Birmingham Muslim community. For some members of the LGBTQ community, they have become synonymous with a battle for visibility and rights. Designed by a Birmingham Teacher, Andrew Moffat, who was made an MBE last year for services to equality, No Outsiders aims to support primary school teachers teach the Equality Act. Read More »

Language to (dis)empower

  Our words can untie, or unite. Our words can break or build. I am Azariah, an Anglican priest. My heritage originates in the west of Africa, via the West Indies, then settling in West Yorkshire, where I was born. I have chosen five phrases used by people which have an an impact. I begin with the phrase, then unpack the story. “I am an African, and you don’t know your true language, your country, or your tribe.” Some years ago I Read More »

2020 Synod Elections: Shaping the future of the Church of England

  Should same sex couples be able to marry in church?  How can the church respond to the climate emergency?  How do we equip the church for the challenges of mission and ministry in the 21st Century?  Do you ever find yourself asking these questions?  And do you ever wonder who in the church has the job of answering them? In the Church of England the big questions of the day are debated by the General Synod.  It can seem like a remo Read More »