Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Anglican Bishop Charles Davidson's Remarks at Inter-faith Service

 Remarks by Anglican Bishop Charles Davidson, Diocese of Guyana
Inter-Faith Service to Launch the Inaugural Guyana Pride Festival
Catholic Life Centre - Georgetown, Guyana
May 25, 2017

  (Photo credit: Anglican Human Rights and Social Justice Commission)

From early church times voices were raised against discrimination in all its forms.

We believe that we are all children of God and therefore brothers and sisters who must experience the love of God in all its forms.  Racial, gender and sexual orientation discrimination must not be allowed to continue to be part of our life together.

It is the right of the LGBT community to bring awareness to a subject that drives fear and sometimes violent reactions from many.  We pray that this time will be one of listening with appreciative ears to those who differ from us in their sexual orientation.

We affirm that homosexual orientation in itself is no bar to a faithful Christian life or to full participation in lay and ordained ministry in the Church and acknowledge the importance of lesbian and gay members of our Church participating in the listening process as full members of the Church.
As Christians we are all call to lives of holiness which we achieve through repentance and forgiveness.  Our belief calls us to be reconciled to God and to each other.

We pray for God’s guidance as you begin your activities and pray for peace and a deep respect for the LGBT community.

Remarks delivered by Schemel Patrick, Chairperson of the Human Rights and Social Justice Commission, on behalf of the Bishop. 

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