All Hallows: an inclusive church
We have joined together in grief and determination to make this a place of affirmation and inclusion
We’re still working out what it means for us to be an inclusive church. We don't think we've arrived or that we've removed every last trace of prejudice — conscious or unconscious — but we are committed to becoming more and more a community where everyone can belong.
People are people and we want to get beyond labels for any of us. At the same time, we are encouraged that this is a christian community where lesbian and gay Christians have found a place of belonging. As people have shared their stories of pain and being excluded elsewhere, we have joined together in grief and determination to make this a place of affirmation and inclusion and so we want to be public about this being a place where not only lesbian and gay, but also bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual people can belong. We are a part of the One Body One Faith Visible Congregations network and affirm the statement of conviction you can find here.
Being a Visible Congregation means going beyond extending a welcome, because even that can communicate an unspoken desire that others become like us. Together we want to ensure that all, no matter what their background, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability are set free to make their own unique and full contribution to the life of the community and that our life together is one of openness, mutual hospitality and grace. Come and help us to become even more the place of inclusion we seek to be.
We’re also a member of Inclusive Church – another organisation supporting full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people. It’s statement of faith, which we affirm at All Hallows’ is reproduced below:
We believe in inclusive Church - church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in 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.
For more about how we support people making the commitment of civil partnership or marriage, please click here.