It was wonderful to hear Canon Mark Oakley's talk at the recent Two23 meeting at St Mary Aldermary Church in London. The talk was entitled Living in the Light. Here it is
How does a child who was assigned, say, male at birth, then announce to the world that they are really female?
It's just a lifestyle choice!
We don't agree with the above! But we hear it a lot!
We initially struggled with this but have found lots of information, some detailed medical papers, and now this video from the BBC, on why some people are transgender.
This video is clear and how within the womb the timing of the reception of testosterone is critical. Furthermore, we as humans, are so wonderful because of this seemingly chaotic synthesis of chemicals as we develop. If this does not occur we would very similar and much more susceptible to illness. What this says to us is that we are wonderfully made and our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender children should be truly loved and celebrated.
What this says to us is that we are wonderfully made and our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender children should be truly loved and celebrated.
Recently we received a tweet which just didn't exactly make any sense.
Initially it sounded quite affirming but then again... We sought clarification, which with Twitter can be difficult.
We still love the sinners
Love it when the above 'pearl of wisdom' can be added.
My response about when they had elected to choose to be a heterosexual was fuelled by a book I had read recently 'Why Men don't listen and Women can't read maps'. Getting away from any misogynistic connotations, which were rare, the book explained in some detail how babies develop based upon the levels of testosterone and oestrogen.
This website' Viewzone' explains in far greater detail the science about babies formation in the womb and gender. I then came to an understanding, based upon science, that gender was a probability based upon the chemical balance when the baby was formed in the womb.
How can homesexuality then be a sin?
But still the Church, in various guises, still refuses to consider
As a Christian #Ally, one that wants to stand up for our friends across the world, those who may not have a voice or have temporarily lost their voice due to persistent arguing, I wanted to quell this individual with reason rather than bile. I added that "The terms used especially by Paul are heavily debated. The word homosexuality wasn't invented until CE18.."
Suddenly my 'victim mentality' was to blame. I resorted to Wikipedia!
'Absence of Clear Evidence'....
I think not.
As an ally we stand with the #LGBTQI community, shoulder to shoulder. As Christians we support you, not because Jesus 'ate with the sinners' (something I have often seen), but because of that great commandment "we love one another as Jesus loved us".
The Church, Diverse Church, made these cards which they handed out during London Pride. It was great to see LGBT and straight members of Diverse Church handing these out to the many thousands who thronged the streets of London that wonderful day.
It was great last night to be at the LGBT meeting in my local town, as a Christian, even though I am straight - to show that we care, we will be there and to demonstrate that they have our support.
Why not post the above image on your timeline to show you care?
Our thoughts which capture some of the news and comments about LGBT issues