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Inclusive Church Newsletter is a digital publication produced
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the latest news and information from around the life of Inclusive
Church and our partner organisations.
From the National Coordinator
I have just returned from one of the most amazing weeks I have had
since working for Inclusive Church. For 4 days in May we hosted a
visit from the Church of Sweden. We were based in Liverpool and
Manchester – visiting churches and schools. One of our trustees who
joined us on the visit brings her own reflection in the newsletter.
For me one of the highlights was to meet a 16 year old student at
an amazing school in Liverpool. Originally from Kabul, he was a
practicing Sikh in this Anglican/Roman Catholic school. In spite of
many difficulties that most of us can hardly dare imagine, he had
such confidence. ‘I am unique’ he told me as we spoke about his
life. The group from Sweden were here to look at examples of good
practice around inclusion. It was a privilege to be with them as we
looked at some amazing examples of how people are getting on with
the work of inclusion on the ground. In the face of multi-cultural
Britain, in places of poverty and hardship – the work of inclusion
is being carried out in stunning ways.
The newsletter is full of information about the work of inclusion
taking place in equally stunning ways in different places, by
different people – so read on!
Bob Callaghan. National Coordinator
Inclusive Church AGM and Annual Lecture
the Exclusive: how liberal can you be?" is the
title of this year’s Annual Lecture which will be given by The Very
Reverend Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's.
The lecture and the Annual General Meeting of Inclusive Church will
take place in the OBE Chapel, in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Annual Lecture and AGM takes place on Thursday 20th
July 2017. Programme
for the event will be:
5.00 p.m. Evensong
6.00 Access open through North West Crypt Door for the Annual General Meeting
in the OBE Chapel in the Crypt
8.15 p.m. Refreshments available in the Nelson Chamber.
Make the most of having the opportunity to meet people following
the lecture in the stunning Nelson Chamber, as we gather around the
tomb of Admiral Lord Nelson.
Book your ticket for the event here: https://iclecture2017.eventbrite.co.uk/ The
lecture is a free event, but we ask if you would assist with the
cost of having wine, soft drinks and snacks. We suggest a donation
of £7.50 per person.
The theme of this visit to Liverpool and Manchester with the party
of (great fun) Swedish Lutherans was Inclusion.
What does it mean?
How do you get there?
What are its limits?
Are there any limits?
Why is it important in a Christian context? (Or in any context?)
The visits we have made to two churches and two church schools, one
primary and one Secondary, have been mind-blowing. We heard about
how each example that we looked at has worked towards their
inclusivity. In one instance, a tragedy that both stunned and
galvanised the congregations.
We have to process all we have experienced & discussed with our
hosts in these churches and schools. On our last morning I got up
early and walked across the dunes to the sea. What an amazing and
enriching four days it has been with a really lovely group who have
such humour; laughter always being a good path to friendship. Now
we are left with a great deal to remember and ponder.
Sally Barnes. Inclusive Church Trustee
In and around Inclusive Church
Inclusive Church Banners
We are repeating the notice about the Inclusive Church pull-up
banners that are available for our registered churches.
We have an arrangement with the company we use for Inclusive
Churches to order their own banners. Choose from 3 different
banners, each one distinctive and striking, that could be used in
the entrance area of your church, making a positive statement.
Details about the banners and how to order them are available here:
Vacancy at an Inclusive Church
We occasionally hear about vacancies at some of our registered
churches, and are very happy to help spread the word.
Liverpool Diocese is advertising the post of Team Vicar in Kirkby.
A commitment to Inclusive Church is a requirement!
More details here: http://www.liverpool.anglican.org/Team-Vicar-Kirkby-Team
Inclusive Church Events
Sunday 28th May, St Matthews Bethnal Green. The National
Coordinator will be preaching at the main morning service.
High Wycombe: June
Sunday 4th June, All Saints High Wycombe. The National
Coordinator will be preaching at the main morning service.
Abundance – 10th June. Inclusive Church will be taking
part in this event that will be exploring ways to resource mission
in a rural context. Download
the flyer here.
Inclusive Church Annual Lecture will take place 6 – 8.30 p.m. on Thursday 20th
July at St Paul’s Cathedral. The lecturer will be
the Dean of St Pauls, David Ison.
Full details are elsewhere in the newsletter
The Annual Meeting of Inclusive Church will take place prior to the
lecture. Following the lecture there will be refreshments at the
Cathedral, and for those who can stay the opportunity to gather
together for a meal at a local restaurant.
Book places here: https://iclecture2017.eventbrite.co.uk/
Greenbelt, Boughton House: August
Inclusive Church will once again be at Greenbelt in August (25th
- 28th). Set at in the grounds of Boughton House,
Greenbelt is a fantastic place of inclusion. If you have never been
– it’s well worth coming as a weekend or day visitor. Details are
available here: http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/
If you are planning to be at Greenbelt and are up for helping us on
our stall – please get in touch with the national coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
London: October: Disability Conference
Inclusive Church in partnership with St Martin in the Fields will
be holding its 6th Disability Conference on Saturday 14th
The conferences are distinctive in that they focus on lived
experience of disability. Contributors and participants are almost
entirely made up of people with lived experience.
News about booking will be available in the next newsletter. In
addition to the Saturday conference at St Martin in the Fields,
there will be related events on the Sunday – with a special service
in the morning and a further event in the afternoon. So you may
want to consider making a weekend of it!
Partner News & Events
Modern Church: Half-time post
Modern Church is seeking a paid part-time General Secretary
Modern Church encourages open, respectful debate and discussion of
matters relating to Christian faith. Originally a Church of England
society, it now welcomes all who share its ethos.
Modern Church is a partner of Inclusive Church and has a place on
its Trustee Board.
For the first time in its 119 year history, they are seeking to
appoint a paid, part-time General Secretary.
They are looking for someone with vision to help them support an
open and undogmatic approach to Christianity which can face the challenges
of faith for a changing world.
To download a job description and person specification with details
of how to apply go here: https://www.inclusive-church.org/sites/default/files/files/866-modern-church-general-secretary-post-outline.pdf
Application deadline 1st June 2017 with interviews in London on
16th June 2017.
The Sheldon Hub
The Sheldon Hub is a new free on-line resource for those in
ministry. Inclusive Church has been working with others in the
planning for The Sheldon Hub over the past couple of years. We
would encourage clergy, spouses, ordinands and full-time lay people
in ministry to take a look at The Hub and consider joining. http://www.sheldonhub.org/.
The Sheldon Hub is a unique on-line space for people in ministry
combining a supportive community with ready access to advice and
resources for doing healthy ministry together. It's secure and it's
Watch the introductory videos here:https://youtu.be/bAFM8pHRncw
St Brides’ Liverpool: May
Service for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and
Sunday 21st May 2017, 6.30pm
Open Table @ St Bride’s Liverpool
Join the Open Table community at St Bride’s Liverpool on Sunday
21st May at 6.30pm for their annual communion service marking
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and
Transphobia. We’ll reflect on the meaning of the day and
stand in solidarity and prayer with people both here and abroad who
are oppressed by prejudice against their sexuality and gender
17th June - our very popular Trifle and Wine evening with
7th-10th July - our summer school this year will be celebrating the
start of our 25th year of our ministry of healing. The Rt. Rev Dr
Rowan Williams will be our main speaker on the Ecology of Health.
This is a very popular event - day places are still available and
for those who want to stay over there are many local Bed and
15th July - our open house and gardens. This is a good time to see
our new access suite, suitable for wheelchairs and carer and cared
for, and our newly reformed chapel area.
21st - 23rd July - Women's spirituality retreat 'Welcoming
For more information do see our website www.holyroodhouse.org.uk or
ring 01845 522880.
Christians at Pride: Birmingham
May 26 - 29 May.
A number of churches will be working together to make sure there's
an affirming Christian presence at the festival, centred around the
Church at Carrs Lane and St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter, close
to the centre of the action! We hope as many people as
possible will be able to get involved - Birmingham is a great and
vibrant city, easy to get to, and very, very friendly.
More information here: http://www.onebodyonefaith.org.uk/news/ctap-bham/
Saturday 3rd June 10.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Safe space for Christian LGBTI people, partners and friends to
explore faith, life and church.
Contact Elaine for further details email@example.com SIBYLS
15 June 2017 6:00 p.m. at St Anne’s Church, Dean Street, Soho.
Meet on the Second Thursday of every second month for a Service at
St Anne’s Church, followed by a meal together
The event is open to all trans people, their friends, spouses and
Come in whatever role is convenient at the time
During the intercessions we normally pray for those we know and
also on behalf of others who would like our prayers. If you would
like your name, or the name of someone you know to be included on
the prayer list, please email us. Include any details you think
appropriate. You can email Susan Gilchrist privately at firstname.lastname@example.org (If you
would like your request for prayers to be made available to the
whole group, the Sibyls members can of course use the Sibyls
Members Facebook page or email the Sibyls email group instead)
These meetings are very good; gentle lovely evenings with a service
which is always thoughtful, peaceful and healing, followed by a
good meal in congenial surroundings
Details: 6:00 service at St Anne’s, 55 Dean Street, Soho W1D 6AF,
50 yards up on the left from Shaftesbury Avenue (it doesn’t look
like a church but it is), and from about 6.30 a gathering at a Soho
You can just turn up on the evening: however it would also be
helpful to get some idea of numbers in advance. If you do know you
are coming, please email Susan Gilchrist at email@example.com. We normally
decide on the restaurant to go to at the end of the service. If you
are late please ring 07596 197 665.
The remaining dates for 2017 are, 10 August, 12 October, 14
Modern Church. Hertfordshire: July
2017 Annual Conference of Modern Church God: None, One, Three or
10th-12th July 2017 at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon,
This conference will ask hard questions about Christian
understandings of God, what they actually amount to, and whether
they have been or need to be supplanted by other ways of thinking
and relating to ‘God’.
On Saturday 29th July at 10.30 a.m. an ecumenical
service at St Martin in the Field to mark the 50th
anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalised
homosexual acts in private between two men, both of whom had
attained the age of 21.
Inclusive Church is supporting this event. The service will be
followed by a reception.
Minority Ethnic Vocations Conference 2017
27 October 2017 10:00 a.m. - 29 October 2017 2:00 p.m.
This residential weekend conference organised jointly by CMEAC and
Ministry Division, both of the Archbishops Council, is for men and
women from minority ethnic backgrounds wishing to explore the
possibility of Ordained Ministry in the Church of England.
Parishes and dioceses are encouraged to sponsor interested
participants to attendance to the conference.
newsletter is going out in Christian Aid Week. As we look forward
to the 2017 Annual Lecture, this week is maybe a good time to be
reminded of the 2016 lecture. It was given by the CEO of Christian
Aid, Loretta Minghella. The title of the lecture was ‘Does poverty have a
woman’s face?’. It explores both poverty and gender
justice. Watch the lecture here: You can watch the lecture on our You Tube