Statement of Affirmation and Belief

  • We believe that we are all called by Christ to relationships which mirror his own, and are characterised, not by selfishness, jealousy or loveless sensuality, but by loyalty, commitment, trust, responsibility and self-giving love.
  • We affirm that Jesus’ saving grace extends to all people and that this includes lesbians, gay men and members of other sexual minorities.
  • We believe that ‘human sexuality in all its richness is a gift from God gladly to be accepted, enjoyed and honoured as a way of both expressing and growing in love, in accordance with the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.’
  • We recognise and affirm those who believe that it is compatible with the Christian faith not only to love another adult of the same sex, but also to express that love fully in a mutual, faithful sexual relationship.
  • We acknowledge that this is not the view of all Christians, and are conscious of Jesus’ prayer (John 17.20-23) that we should seek to be at one with each other.
  • We believe that it is consistent with our understanding of the priesthood of all believers that each Christian should seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, through prayer, study and in fellowship with the Church, in using God’s gift of their sexuality responsibly.
  • We believe that all Christians should aim to be honest with themselves about their sexuality.
  • We believe that those with personal concerns should be given support and safe space to seek God’s will for them.
  • We believe that vulnerable people should be protected from inappropriate counselling.