A Safe and Sacred Space: An Oasis for LGBTQ Worshippers in Manchester, UK

The Deacon Travels: September 2013

In September, I was very fortunate to be the guest of Father Kevin Crinks, who had visited us in friary earlier in the year. His home in the vicarage in Leigh, UK (Diocese of Manchester), was the base for our travels in Northern England. A real high point of my visit was the monthly Eucharist for LGBTQ parishioners at St. Chrysostom parish church in Manchester.

Marriage Equality's Arrival Shows Who Counts In the Church OF England

The Church of England is about to be in a very awkward position of showing who counts and who doesn't. On the one hand the whole worlds is watching as the leaders of this church wrapped themselves into a pretzel to meet the demands of conservatives who reject the idea that a woman can serve a priest or bishop. On the other we all see these same leaders in accomodation refuse to allow individual bishop, priest,  or congregation any freedom in deciding whether they will bless same sex marriages.