What We Believe
The Inaugural General Meeting of the Gay Christian Movement (as it was then called) was held on 3rd April 1976, and at that meeting both the Statement of Conviction and the Aims of the Movement were agreed by the members. Later, our name was changed to the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, in recognition of the increasing contribution of women to our work.
In almost 40 years since then, it has never been felt necessary to change either the Statement or the Aims. Despite the huge changes in society, and the gentler pace of change in the churches, our conviction remains unchanged. It still calls us to respond in prophetic and authentic ways to anything which diminishes people because of the gender of the person they fall in love with – particularly when the Christian faith is used to justify that injustice.
Statement of Conviction
It is the conviction of the members of the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement that human sexuality in all its richness is a gift of God gladly to be accepted, enjoyed and honoured as a way of both expressing and growing in love, in accordance with the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Therefore it is their conviction that it is entirely compatible with the Christian faith not only to love another person of the same sex but also to express that love fully in a personal sexual relationship.
- To encourage fellowship, friendship, and support among individual lesbian and gay Christians through prayer, study and action, wherever possible in local groups, and especially to support those lesbian and gay Christians subjected to discrimination.
- To help the whole Church re-examine its understanding of human sexuality, and to work for a positive acceptance of lesbian and gay relationships within the framework outlined in the statement of conviction, so that all homosexuals may be able to live without fear of rejection or recrimination, and that lesbian and gay Christians may be able to contribute fully to the life and ministry of the Church.
- To encourage members to witness to their Christian faith and experience within the lesbian and gay community, and to witness to their convictions about human sexuality within the Church.
- To maintain and strengthen links with other lesbian and gay Christian groups, both in Britain and elsewhere.
Membership of LGCM is open to anyone who accepts and shares our Conviction, however they identify in other aspects of their life, wherever they are in their journey of faith or belief.