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!