Take note of St Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians
18 February, 2021
Left to right: Rachel Gillingham, Rev Jon March and Rev Andrew Foreshew-Cain
• I HAVE been reading with interest the articles about Rachel Gillingham and her experiences at St Luke’s Kentish Town, (‘Forced out of church’, February 4 and Lesbian row church facing backlash, February 11).
I must state that this response is entirely my own opinion and has been a spontaneous one to my having read the articles in the CNJ.
Reading between the lines of your reports this has been a most unfortunate situation and there are attitudes which you have highlighted which cannot be condoned.
There are lessons to be learned too, as the outcome of all this has resulted in suffering on all sides.
These things happen when people on either side of an argument take a stance instead of trying to love each other through problems and disagreements. Loving one another is surely what the church is about in its everyday ministries.
I feel that I need to say that I am an LGBT+ parishioner of HTB (Holy Trinity Brompton) and in a position of leadership in my own congregation; and I have never experienced discrimination or rejection of any kind from bishops, clergy, curates or ordinands.
In fact quite the opposite. My support for equal marriage mirrors that of the majority of the population and, I would say the majority of Christians; and I have made that very clear.
So what lessons are there to be learned from this situation?
Rachel’s experiences have been very different from mine; but we share the same beliefs in equality.
The church is an imperfect organisation but those of us who love it must continue to speak our truths, each in our small corner, in a spirit of encounter and reconciliation.
Loving each other, it seems to me, is always the best resolution of problems.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
– St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
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