For the second year running the rainbow flag flew above Wadham College, Oxford, to mark its Queer Week events and celebrations.
I arrived on the Friday and was able to hear Giles Fraser talking about why homosexuality had become such an issue for the Church of England in recent years. I was there to work though, and on Sunday 18th November had the joy of preaching at the Queer Week Service in the 17c Chapel – which must be one of the few without electricity, and romantically candle lit.
The format of the service was Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer, beautifully sung by the College’s mixed Choir, with appropriate prayers for this occasion led by the chaplain, Ben Williams and a suitably ‘progressive message’ – to quote one of the students – from me, which is also on this site here (Ben and I were in rainbow stoles, of course!)
Before the service no one could be quite sure how many people would turn up, but to describe it as well-attended would be an understatement, and there was plenty of hospitality afterwards and opportunity for people to meet and greet one another.
This was my second preaching engagement in Oxford this year.
The Oxford College chaplains are leading the way on LGB&T inclusion – God bless ‘em.