Unadulterated Love celebration – Reddish

On Saturday, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people gathered in St Elisabeth’s church, Reddish, to celebrate the gifts of God’s absolutely fabulous people, in God’s unconditional, infinite, transforming love, at the first of Changing Attitude’s ‘Unadulterated Love’ events.

From the moment the first people started to arrive there was a buzz of expectation and Spirit-filled energy in the air. The day more than fulfilled the hopes and dreams of the CA trustees. We wanted to energise and inspire people, people who often despair at Christian attitudes to those who are different in their experience of gender and sexuality and who are too often judged and found wanting.

We were inspired by addressses from Angie Stanton (Vicar of St Elisabeth’s), Terry Biddington and Rachel Mann, groups led by, among others, Jay Hayes-Light, Director of the UK Intersex Association, Mike Ford and Tina Beardsley, enthused by the music and singing of John Pfumojena, drawn to the paintings and the painting in action of Ric Scott and  affirmed by the generous gift of time and wisdom from David Walker, Bishop of Manchester. The pictures that follow can’t begin to convey the atmosphere of hope and inspiration that flowed through the day. We were and are deeply blessed!

St Elisabeth's church transformed and ready to welcome people to 'Unadulterated Love'http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/St-Elisabeths-prepared-to-welcome-people-224x300.jpg 224w" sizes="(max-width: 336px) 100vw, 336px" /> St Elisabeth’s church transformed and ready to welcome people to ‘Unadulterated Love’

Stonewall posters adorned the pillarshttp://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Stonewall-poster-300x224.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 448px) 100vw, 448px" /> Stonewall posters adorned the pillars

Terry Biddington, chaplain  to Higher Education in Manchester, drew on Galatians 3 in his addresshttp://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Terry-Biddington-300x224.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 448px) 100vw, 448px" /> Terry Biddington, chaplain to Higher Education in Manchester, drew on Galatians 3 in his address

Rachel Mann, author of 'Dazzling Darkness', spoke with passionhttp://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Rachel-Mann-224x300.jpg 224w" sizes="(max-width: 336px) 100vw, 336px" /> Rachel Mann, author of ‘Dazzling Darkness’, spoke with passion

John Pfumojena, playing his mbira, filled the church with the amazing range and subtlety of his voice and passionhttp://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/John-Pfumojena-224x300.jpg 224w" sizes="(max-width: 336px) 100vw, 336px" /> John Pfumojena, playing his mbira, filled the church with the amazing range and subtlety of his voice and passion

Ric Stott, a Methodist minister from Sheffield,  brought some of his work and spent the day observing, drawing, and painting a rainbow-flag enfolded virgin and childhttp://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ric-painting-300x224.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 448px) 100vw, 448px" /> Ric Stott, a Methodist minister from Sheffield, brought some of his work and spent the day observing, drawing, and painting a rainbow-flag enfolded virgin and child

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