Inclusive Church Blog

05/16/2019
  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...
05/13/2019
  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...
04/11/2019
  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...
03/28/2019
  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...
03/25/2019
  '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...
02/25/2019
Words Have Power
  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...
11/24/2018
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 ­­­­­...
11/13/2018
  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...
09/26/2018
  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...
07/17/2018
IC's delegation with members of the Swedish Lutheran Church project plan on inclusion and the Bishop of Stockholm, Eva Brunne.   IC’s Trip to Sweden: A Church for and with All. In April a delegation from Inclusive Church was invited by Swedish Lutheran friends from the Diocese of Stockholm to take...

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