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2015 sees the http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Lucy-Photoshoot-34-605x674.jpg 605w, http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Lucy-Photoshoot-34-67x75.jpg 67w, http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Lucy-Photoshoot-34.jpg 1264w" sizes="(max-width: 269px) 100vw, 269px" />arrival of Changing Attitude’s 20th anniversary, that’s 20yrs of working for the full inclusion of LGBTI people in the Church of England! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having…fun? 2015 also brings us to a time when we have to close one door and open another.
At the end of July our current Director and Founder of Changing Attitude will be retiring. Colin has been working tirelessly for years, he’s laid foundations for future generations (myself being just one!) so it’s time he puts his feet up and lets others continue what he’s started.
Taking over from Colin will be Jeremy Timm, a long standing trustee of Changing Attitude who has the passion, and I believe the drive to carry on the important work Changing Attitude is doing. We are changing, but this change brings a time to take a deep breath, renew our focus and determination to carry on, and continue to change attitudes.
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I’m trying to work out what retirement means and what it is I’m retiring from. My life has been immersed in Changing Attitude for 20 years. Being passionate about Christianity and equality for LGBTI and straight people in the Church isn’t something I’m going to cease being passionate about at the end of July. I will continue to be an enthusiastic supporter of CA both financially and practically.
I’m thinking about my future already and allowing time for plans to evolve. I’m writing a book about the evolution of Changing Attitude. It’s part history, part vision of the future, and part theology. I’m trying to understand the core values and experiences which have been integral to the work of CA. Full equality for LGBTI people in the Church of England isn’t the end of the story. It’s obvious to me that a much bigger story is being woven around the experience of LGBTI and pro-LGBGTI people.
As I talk with people about their dream of God, and their frustration with the Church, I’m being excited with the possibility that all this frustrated energy has the potential to be transfigured into a movement that could be transformational. There are people in our networks with deep spiritual awareness and flowing energy.
The God who got hold of me in the first place, sprung ordination on me, and then, subtly planted an idea in my mind which came to be CA – and hasn’t stopped evolving ever since – that God continues to plant ideas and sow seeds, and the book may become the foundation for what happens next in my life.
I have been a trustee of Changing Attitude since 2007, and am passionate about the work of Changing Attitude and the vision it holds for a truly inclusive Church.
I know that your trustees are passionate, as are all those who support the work, and engage with the organisation.
It is because of this passion and energy we all hold that I know we will not only continue to challenge the church’s traditional teaching and position on LGBTI inclusion; but with our combined passion for change, that is exactly what we are going to witness.
My vision for the work is to continue that call to be prophetic and speak out against the hypocrisy and homophobia we see in the church, by engaging with those in authority at every opportunity. This of course means we often live in tension with the establishment; but we cannot let this task slip as we challenge, at every twist and turn of the journey, the attitudes which exclude LGBTI people from being a full and integrated part of the life of the church.
In the past the organisation has risen to this call to challenge the establishment well. Moving forward, we would like to engage the passion of those who actually may never have even heard of Changing Attitude, but who faithfully worship in parishes up and down the land, and instinctively know that the treatment of LGBTI Christians by the church is wrong.
As an organisation, we have come a long way since Colin Coward’s vision for the work; it has not always been easy, but with your continued support, engagement, and above all passion we will finally see attitudes change.
Your support to us is something that we feel is invaluable. Not just financially but all the encouragement, and feedback you give us! Keep that coming, through email, Facebook, Twitter and even in person! But we do need your support financially for us to be able to continue the work we do. Whether it’s a one off, or £5 a month every penny is appreciated and used! If financial support is something you can help us with please click here for more information.
We also want to keep you all in the loop, what’s happening, how we’re doing, and what our plans are. You may have seen our recent newsletters, those will continue but if you want to contact us, with comments, or ideas, do get in touch on the emails below.
Jeremy@ChangingAttitude.org.uk or Lucy@ChangingAttitude.org.uk