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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Luke Dowding, Executive Director It’s a cliché, but it’s true. That being said, I’m delighted that over this p...

Safety and Joy

Safety and Joy

Many of us will have heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s a foundational principle in much of our contemporary learning and development around the world and it states some crucial princip...

The Ministers’ Consultation: a response to the Response

The Ministers’ Consultation: a response to the Response

Author bio Dr Jon Morgan is an Associate Research Fellow and a member of the Centre for Biblical Studies at the University of Exeter, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the ...

Pray for those who persecute you

Pray for those who persecute you

It seems entirely the right time to address this very difficult and painful subject, even though attempting to do so gives me pause and trepidation.   For the LGBTQ communities, there is ...

Storytelling

Storytelling

Since LGBTQ+ history month is an opportunity for storytelling, I thought I’d tell ours! Recently I’ve been thinking back to 2018 when our community at 57 West were first thinking / talk...

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Girls just wanna have fun, or so we’re told by Cyndi Lauper. But isn’t that to some extent true for all of us, regardless of our gender identity or expression? I’ve noticed something ...

Informed Consent?

Informed Consent?

Informed Consent? It is good that the UK Government have finally started their consultation about banning conversion therapy. What is not good is their plan to allow a loop...

Autumn

Autumn

As autumn comes and the leaves change colour and start to fall, I am reminded how one of my previous and my much-loved spiritual directors, used to say how important the seasons were and that as em...

Jesus is my favourite

Jesus is my favourite

There are always three stages: shock; panic; blame. I have to write a blog; I can’t possibly do this for Monday; and Katie should have told me weeks ago. But after denial – I’m not going not ...

The Future of LGBT+ People in the Church

The Future of LGBT+ People in the Church

The Future of LGBT+ People in the Church Are we expecting too little, not too much?   Recently I’ve had several conversati...

The Methodist Conference 2021

The Methodist Conference 2021

This Methodist Conference has been like none I have ever known before. Its decisions have been historic and wide-ranging and give real encouragement to LGBT+ Methodists and our allies as well as Ch...

All in the same boat

All in the same boat

This past year has been a tumultuous one in many ways, and I suspect like me you will have heard the expression that we are “All in the same boat…” or that we are all in the same boat but in ...

Service & Self

Service & Self

I noticed something this morning, whilst attempting to allow my body to “find what feels good” on the yoga mat (thank you Adriene Mishler). It’s been a year or so since I started a daily prac...

Us and Them

Us and Them

It can be very easy to think in terms of us and them, but who do we think are Us?  At times of anxiety and crisis, we may find that the people we include as Us become somewhat reduced.  ...

A Poem for Lent

A Poem for Lent

Lent, by Luke   The shelves are bare, Is the batter better when it comes from humility? The ask is made, What will you give up in ...

Living in Love and Faith

Living in Love and Faith

As an Anglican priest I have the joy of being a member of my local deanery synod. Our deanery has about fourteen churches in it and the breadth of traditions is more or less covered, with parishes ...

LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month

‘There’s no representation.’ You’ll have heard these words before, perhaps you’ve said them, or shouted them. There are lots of reasons why LGBTQ+ representation isn’t what it s...

With Gratitude

With Gratitude

New Year, new me? New Year, new lockdown? New Year, same me, same lockdown, same, same, same… I try not to ascribe too much meaning to the turning of the hands to midnight...

Autumn

Autumn

There is a meme currently going around on Twitter (yes, I confess I am on there too much!) which says, “what from your childhood is indicative of who you are now?” The thought that first flashe...

Remembering A Black Queer Saint – Revd Dr Pauli Murray

Remembering A Black Queer Saint – Revd Dr Pauli Murray

“It may be that when historians look back on twentieth-century America, all roads will lead to Pauli Murray…Ci...

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