Writing the icon of 9/11 - Remembering Fr Mychal Judge #AllSaints

Writing the icon of 9/11 - Remembering Fr Mychal Judge #AllSaints

On September 11, 2017, sixteen years after the devastating terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center, an article appeared online about its first recorded victim, which asked: 'Could Father Mychal Judge Be the First Gay Saint?' Father Mychal Judge was a little-known Franciscan friar ministering humbly to the disenfranchised and unloved on the streets of New York City... until September 11, 2001, when he suddenly became a global figure.

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Stepping out onto the border - Bishop Paul returns to Open Table

Stepping out onto the border - Bishop Paul returns to Open Table

AT the monthly communion service in August hosted by Open Table, (OT), an ecumenical Christian worship community which offers a warm welcome to people who are: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer / Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA), the Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Revd Paul Bayes, gave a reflection on 'a story of increasing love and boundaries crossed'.

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‘I choose not to collaborate in my own oppression’ – Sister Jeannine Gramick on 40+ years of ministry among LGBT Catholics

‘I choose not to collaborate in my own oppression’ – Sister Jeannine Gramick on 40+ years of ministry among LGBT Catholics

THESE were the courageous words of the keynote speaker at this year's annual conference of Quest, which offers pastoral support for LGBT Catholics in the UK, writes Kieran, one of our Local Missional Leaders.

Sister Jeannine Gramick has cared and campaigned for the LGBT community in the USA since 1971, two years before Quest was founded.

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Suffering Servant Songs in Isaiah

Suffering Servant Songs in Isaiah

Whether you love it or hate it (or somewhere in between), the Bible is central to our faith. This month, four different speakers will explore why their favourite Bible passages are important to them. On July 9th, Mark Waters from our sister church St Dunstan's, reflected on some texts from Isaiah which anticipate the life of Jesus and show that the Christ event was already active, long before Jesus was born. This challenges received ideas about Christianity.

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What's so special about Christianity?

What's so special about Christianity?

Jonathan Clatworthy, Honorary Assistant Priest at St Bride's and former General Secretary of Modern Church, is leading our new series of gatherings on the fourth Sunday evening each month. This series of talks and discussions in the context of a Communion service & pizza is exploring 'What's so special about religion?' Jonathan gave us the final instalment last Sunday reflecting on 'What's so special about Christianity?'. The following is an extract from this reflection.

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What's so special about the Bible?

What's so special about the Bible?

Jonathan Clatworthy from St Bride's and Modern Church is leading our new series of gatherings on the fourth Sunday evening each month. This series of talks and discussions in the context of a Communion service & pizza is exploring 'What's so special about religion?' Jonathan gave us the third instalment last Sunday reflecting on 'What's so special about the Bible?'. 

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