Peter Green: January 2016
In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, I pray for the day when all parts of the Christian church have a shared, rather than different, view of sexuality so that it no longer causes hurt to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
To support this prayer, I commend the art and voice of Revd. Ric Stott. A Methodist minister, artist and art psychotherapist, Richard recently wrote the following about these pieces of his own art:
"These two images were made a couple of years ago when I shared in a day event with an organisation called Changing Attitude. CA is a group in the Church of England who seek the well-being and liberation of LGBTI people. Rarely have I met a more open, loving and vibrant group of Christians. We gathered in a beautiful Anglican Church and I worked throughout the day as an artist in residence. These two pieces, one taken from a drawing I made of a statue of Mary with her child and one of a drawing of a crucifix in the church, were for me the embodiment of the faith, prayers and worship I experienced on that day. They emerged from that amazing community of people.
Over the last few days the Anglican Church has been in turmoil over questions about the inclusion of LGBTI people in its life and ministry. As an outsider looking in it isn't for me to pontificate on Anglican machinations but I do see and hear of the deep pain that the Church is causing to LGBTI people across the world because of its current way of being. And so it seemed right to offer these images again as a sacrament of the prayers of faithful LGBTI people, a prayer that offers solidarity with those who suffer and also hope that the world can one day be different, a longing for a time of liberation and justice."
For more information on Ric Stott, click here.
For Wikipedia definitions of LGBTI click here.
For Aylesbury Methodists' views on sexual orientation, click here.
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