14th February 2017 marks a very significant shift in the identity of two organisations that have campaigned for LGBTI+ liberation and integration in churches in England for over forty years.
LGCM (formerly the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement) and Changing Attitude England become OneBodyOneFaith, united to campaign together for the changes that we need to see for LGBTI+ people to fully embraced and for their gifts and contributions to the life and mission of the church in England to be fully realised.
OneBodyOneFaith: affirming gender and sexuality in Christ.
OneBodyOneFaith is ecumenical – we include and represent Christians across a range of UK denominations and are open to all who share our vision. And of course, you’ll recognise that our new name is Biblical – 1 Corinthians 12:12 and Ephesians 4:4-6 – and draws on Paul’s vision of the Christian community as a body where everybody’s gift is necessary, welcomed and encouraged to flourish.
OneBodyOneFaith asserts the need for doctrine to be theology that takes seriously that life is embodied: the incarnation of the Son of God as Christ shows us that the salvation and redemption are achieved through positively embracing human sexuality and gender; it follows that the range of created sexual attraction and gender in creation are God’s gift and purpose.
Members of OneBodyOneFaith seek to participate fully in a church that is purposeful in its mission to the world; we believe that the Creator’s purpose is fullness of life for all: this requires that Christians embrace the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity present within the body of Christ to enrich that mission to be agents of transformation for all.
The logo we are developing incorporates a cross and a circle of stones representing everybody’s contribution to the life we share in Christ. It’s really important to us that everyone who shares our commitment, as expressed in our Statement of Conviction – can feel a part of our movement for change. Over the years we have come to understand that some groups of people have a particular and distinctive contribution to make to the conversation about same-sex relationships – women, people who identify as transgender, bisexual people, and those who don’t identify with male-female ways of understanding gender. We believe that all these voices are important if we’re to have a proper and thoughtful conversation about sexuality and faith, about who God has created us to be, and about the nature and person of God. We need to create spaces for people’s diverse experiences and stories, and to listen out, particularly, for the voices we don’t usually hear.