LGBT Spirituality

Spectrum LGBT+ Christian Fellowship launched in Belfast

Guest post from the Spectrum Belfast Team Christians who are LGBT+ and their families/friends often find themselves unheard, hurt and even excluded. Spectrum is the result of a need in Belfast for a safe place for prayer, worship, study and conversation. We are very excited for the opportunity to build relationships and fellowship with those…

Church of England Synod to debate House of Bishops Report

At the current session of the General Synod of the Church of England, a debate to ‘Take Note’ of the report from the House of Bishops on “Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships” (GS2055). There has been a large backlash against the report from LGBT+ Organisations and their allies in the church with many asking for the…

Church Teachings Are Harming LGB People

Oasis Foundation, the research and policy arm of the Oasis group of charities, this week released a report entitled “In The Name Of Love: The Church, Exclusion And LGB Mental Health Issues“. In the report Church teachings are singled out as cause for negativity in society towards LGB people. While it is recognised the LGB…

A Life-Giving Response to Young LGBT+ Christians

Revd Sally Hitchiner in Dublin and Belfast – 15th and 22nd October Revd Sally Hitchiner, Anglican chaplain at London’s Brunel University, and lively “gay vicar” well known in Britain for her appearances on BBC Breakfast, will be in Ireland this month to run workshops on “how to offer a helpful pastoral response to LGBT young people”.…

Brandan Robertson’s Nomad Tour comes to Ireland

Brandan Roberston a noted American Evangical Speaker on inclusion within the Church is visiting Ireland as part of his Nomad Book tour between June 16th-20th in association with Changing Attitude Ireland. On his tour Brandon is speaking to churches, colleges, and conferences on the topics of sexuality, spirituality, and social renewal.The Irish leg of the tour…

Pagan Federation of Ireland’s Response to Bigot Goes Viral

In a Facebook message to the Pagan Federation Ireland, an American named Sarah writes that she and her fiance, who are planning to marry and honeymoon in Ireland and that they are Odinists (an ‘indigenous form of heathen religion dedicated to the gods of the Norse pantheon) seeking “similarly- minded” clergy to conduct the service. She…

The Spirituality of Plurality

On this day after the resounding YES vote for plurality, it is truly good to have been born “a happy Irish child”[1] and to be writing these few words that attempt to capture some of the FEEL GOOD pride in being a nation truly come of age with the passing of the marriage referendum. Ireland is now a…

An Open Letter to the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference on The Meaning of Marriage

To all your graces of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Last weekend you distributed to over 1,300 Catholic parishes all over Ireland a document to base your argument in opposition to the upcoming referendum on Marriage Equality entitled ‘The Meaning of Marriage’. Subsequent to this many practising Catholics would have heard from the pews, eulogies…

How Spirituality Helped me in Coming Out

By Danny Pio Murphy (Follow on Twitter or Facebook) Spirituality Ireland Today (11th October) is ‘International Coming Out Day’ which is internationally observed by people who publicly identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, for the purpose of inspiring others to feel comfortable with their sexual orientation and gender identity and in doing so help foster courage to come out. The Coming out…

CAI to march in Dublin Pride Parade

For the first time, Changing Attitudes Ireland (CAI) will be marching in this years Dublin Pride Parade which take place this Saturday 28th June. The Parade sets out at 1.45 pm from the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square. Supporters of CAI – gay and straight, lay and ordained – will walk behind the CAI…

Time to Change the Question?

As many of you know I am a member of the Church of Ireland and this particular church is currently undertaking a “Listening Process” on Human Sexuality in the Context of Christian Belief. Or put another way, “what do we do about LGBT Christians?”. Should the church welcome them with arms open and allow them to be…

US Presbyterian Church Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriages

By Danny Pio Murphy (Follow on Twitter or Facebook) Spirituality Ireland Last night in a momentous move, the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. voted in a gathering of Church elders and ministers in Detroit to allow their clergy to perform same-sex weddings. By a vote of 371 to 238, the leaders of the 1.76 million-member Presbyterian…

The Theology of the Flawed

The Inner Kingdom Reconsidered One day I asked a friend of mine to come along to a public meeting that was looking to explore the future of the Church in Ireland. My friend is Eastern European and was raised without any faith-tradition, the nation being strongly influenced by the atheistic policies of Russia. We’d known…

IDAHOT Services 2014

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) is marked on May 17th. This year, as in previous years a number of Church of Ireland churches will be marking the day with a special service. The theme this year is “Who Dares to Speak of Homophobia”. These services are arranged by Changing Attitude Ireland along with…