Monday, 19 May 2014
Diverse Church makes a film: Christian It Gets Better
Diverse Church has made an impressive film. You can watch it on YouTube here.
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Monday, 19 May 2014 at 10:31am BST
Diverse Church is a supportive community of 70 young LGBT+ Christians in UK evangelical churches. We aim to be a pastoral/mission resource for the wider church.
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Loved that film. The generation that is the future of the Church.
Admittedly they come across as kind of middle-class, but I think they are honest and decent, and they spoke very clearly about the damage the Church can cause, but also the hope and the future they see, *in* the Church.
This is such a different message to the stereotypical portrayal of the Church as the enemy of LGBT people.
Much still needs to change, but the younger generation is already changing, because they live in society, which is undergoing a change in generational attitudes.
Loved the ending too, and the images of people affirming LGBT Christians.
I've shared this link with a lot of people. Thank you for the heads up.
The only hope of gay relationships and equal marriage being accepted in the church lies with affirming evangelicals. The stumbling block is that, at present, affirming evos are swiftly marginalized by the wider movement.
The block may soon fall. One of the great virtues of evangelicals is their courage in their convictions. If an evangelical comes to believe that God blesses gay love, no amount of pressure from institution or peers will stop them. They'll fight all comers without fear or favor.
The church's battered and broken liberal wing, compromised utterly by decades of complicity in DADT, demoralized by the same, desperately needs an injection of that evangelical zeal.
I am sorry but I don't know what DADT is.
(Is it something once known , now forgotten - or new ? ).
Disappointingly, only young people who are white and native British / Irish have a voice here. It's not a very 'diverse' church in the British multicultural context.
I like the brimming confidence that UK Christian churches are becoming even more welcoming, and that within 10 years LGBT couples will be able to marry in a Church of England building and officially, before an Anglican vicar.
Diverse Church is a relatively young and new movement. It will be great to have other voices than White/British join us in time. But don't forget those from other cultures where there is oppression may be involved but not in a position to speak out publicly.