Category Archives: Christianity

Photo A Day – November 30: On the wall #FMSphotoaday

‘HOW DEEP dare I go? How far might I reach?’ These challenging questions form part of a framed display of the life story St Ignatius of Loyola on the wall of Loyola Hall Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Merseyside. I went there with an early draft of of my ‘coming out’ story to make an eight day silent retreat, with the… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 26: In the cupboard #FMSphotoaday

AS I LEFT home this morning, workmen were installing Christmas decorations on the street lights outside our house. It seems a little early to be putting up decorations, but I suppose it is only four weeks until Christmas Eve. Our decorations remain in the cupboard. This year we will be with my family in London for Christmas, but we will… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 25: Sky #FMSphotoaday

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TODAY THE SKY was ‘dunduckety grey’, as my mother might say. ‘What’s dunduckety grey?’ you ask.  ‘The colour of a mouse’s diddy,’ she would reply. So instead of a dull rectangle of sodden sky, I thought I’d share the one we’d rather see on days like this. Taken a few weeks ago as I walked to work, this is the… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 24: Sound #FMSphotoaday

TODAY I was at a workshop about sharing good practice examples of LGBT work in schools. The sound I heard today was inspiration. As coordinator of the longest running LGBT youth group in the country, I receive requests to speak in schools and deliver workshops on LGBT awareness for young people. Other colleagues from around the country were there too,… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 18: Happened this weekend #FMSphotoaday

ON THE THIRD Sunday of each month in Liverpool, a church service for LGBT Christians takes place. This month it looks forward to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) , which takes place on Tuesday. TDOR is commemorated on November 20th each year to remember and bear witness to the lives lost due to transphobia in the past year. This year 265 names… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 12: Drink! #FMSphotoaday

TONIGHT WE HAVE cleared the kitchen to make way for the decorator tomorrow. As I cleared the room I discovered these fine beverages. When we catered the reception for our civil partnership in May, we had wine left over, and received some alcohol as gifts too, so for a while we had an unprecedented and indecent amount of booze in the house!… Read more »

The scared and the sacred – Wrestling with identity

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THIS is a detail of Jacob Wrestling With The Angel, by Alexander-Louis Leloir (1865). I discovered this image as I began writing my coming-out-in-faith story. I believe the story which inspired it has something to teach us about our identity, which may explain its popularity as a source of inspiration for artists, and why it speaks to me of my own… Read more »

Jack-with-no-box – Why I have come out of the church

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IN MY LAST POST I explained how I began to find my voice while contributing to The Exuberant Church by Rev Barbara Glasson. As Barbara and I discussed the coming out process, I had a strong sense that I needed to help her write her story and, in doing so, I began to write my own. I started in Spring… Read more »

Coming out of the Church

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I BEGAN to find my voice and  share my story in 2009 when an author friend approached me to talk about ‘coming out’ – she wanted to get an understanding  of this extraordinary process of identity-claiming to see what it might reveal to those people of faith who struggle to accept diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity in their communities. A… Read more »