Life in all its fullness (John 10.10)

Changing Attitude England has an expansive vision of Christianity.

We, the Director and trustees and advisers, believe the Church, the body of Christ, the community called to proclaim and live into the Kingdom of God, is called to be radically inclusive, deeply spiritual and passionate in the quest for truth and justice in communities local and global.

We are living prayerfully in awareness of God’s infinite, tender, self-giving love poured out in creative generosity, welcoming all irrespective of gender, ethnic and racial identity, sexuality, relationship or social status or ability.

Our vision is of the Church of England, genuinely the church of the people, for every person in each local community and parish; the Church of England I knew as a young adult in South London, the established Church of the Land which accepted pastoral responsibility for everyone in this country (theoretically), no questions asked.

To be once again the Church of the people for the people is going to require something of a massive reclamation project but we believe it must be attempted.

The present image of the Church of England is, in the eyes of the majority of the people of this country, something of a disaster for the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the mission of the Church. The Church has been driven by factional interests to become an institution which looks to outsiders as if it is judgmental, prejudiced, exclusive, grudgingly tolerant of women and anti-gay.

I can see how this has come about and I can identify some of the reasons, dynamics and organisations responsible for this state of affairs.

We, Changing Attitude, LGB&T people, liberals, revisionists, gospel people, followers of the Way, we also have to accept responsibility. We have allowed the Church to become narrow, too interested in self-preservation, defensive, for the few and not the many (and I know that’s a wild generalisation) but there is truth in the message. Of course there are congregations, evangelical, catholic, liberal and radical, which buzz with life and spiritual depth and generous love.

But we are all tainted with the general perception that the Church, the body which channels God’s tender love for every person in every local community, really doesn’t like certain sets of people and wants to permanently diminish their status – our status – in the Kingdom of God.

We tolerate this state of affairs at our peril.

Changing Attitude is committed to live into a changed future because we know in the core of our being Jesus the Christ, the image of God’s love, the energy of the Spirit poured out through all creation, transfiguring lives as they respond in loving response to God’s grace and graciousness. We yearn to live with passion in a Church inspired and energised by God’s amazing love.

Come and join us on the journey, friends.

Join us as we share the energy of those churches, people and priests which are thriving, liberal, radical, open, inclusive, justice and truth-seeking. Across the country there are congregations with deep roots in the local community, transfiguring lives, teaching people to love, honour and respect themselves, to become open and trusting; trusting their inner voice, the God they already know within, the core of their being where holiness dwells, the Spirit of God, infinite presence and love.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another; as I have loved you, so you are to love one another.” John 13.34

You are not far from the Kingdom of God if you love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and you must love your neighbour as yourself. (Mark 12.30,31 paraphrased)

Loving God and neighbour openly and deeply is not possible until you begin to deepen love for yourself and awareness of God’s infinite love for you and within you. Each of us has to grow in awareness of our gifts and goodness as well as our shadows and darkness, fears and painful memories.

Only in this way of honesty and integration do we human beings progress along the path to becoming more fully alive, more fully the people God has created us to become, drawing others along the way into discovering the God of goodness, courage and love at the centre of our being.

This is the inclusive vocation and ministry which Changing Attitude prayerfully seeks to embody.

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