IDAHO Services – Church Of Ireland

May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia. As part of this Changing Attitude Ireland holds a number of events across the country to show that the Church can be a welcoming place to Gay and Lesbian Members (Apart from the current debate on Motion 8A, which will be resolved at the current Synod).

Events have been organised in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Limerick and Waterford. It is great to see this event expand this year as it traditionally only happens in Cork, Dublin and Belfast.

The theme this year is “Moving forward together” and there is a separate theme for Northern Ireland which is “No More Them and Us”

The events are as follows:

Sunday May 13th:

  • Cork: St. Anne’s, Shandon 11.00 Eucharist Speaker Clive Davis
  • Dublin: Christ Church Cathedral 3.30pm Speaker Revd. Sandra Pragnell
  • Derry/ Londonderry: St Columb’s Cathedral 4.00pm Speaker Paul Rowlandson
  • Limerick: St. Mary’s Cathedral 7.00pm Speaker Revd. Jane Galbraith
  • Waterford: Christ Church Cathedral 7.30pm Speaker Rt. Revd. Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel and Ossory

Thursday May 17th (IDAHO Day)

  • Belfast: St. George’s High Street Sunday School Room 4.00-4.45pm. Launch of Parish LGBT Welcome leaflet Speaker Pádraig O’Tuama

Sunday 20th May

  • Belfast: St George’s Church, High Street 3.00pm Speaker Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Chief Commissioner NI Human Rights Commission
These are always very touching events and I would encourage readers to attend them if possible to show support for Lesbian and Gay members in the Church of Ireland following that disgraceful motion at Synod.

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