Category: IC Stories

IC Story: Naomi Lawson Jacobs

I’ve always found churches difficult places to be myself. I’m disabled and neurodivergent, and I came out as bisexual in the early 2000s. Gradually, it became easier to find churches that were inclusive of LGBTQIA+ people, thanks to the work of Inclusive Church. But I continued to feel like a ‘problem’ in churches, as a […]

IC Story: Colin Townsend

My Christian experience has helped shape all the reasons why I am passionate about IC – and that passion has swung from one end of the pendulum to the extreme other. My first few years in the faith which hindsight informs me were fundamentalist churches, exposed me to theology that told me that ‘same-sex attraction’ […]

IC Story: Vee Pinto

I first heard about Inclusive Church (IC) when I first moved to Leicester in 2020. I’ve been immensely encouraged and inspired by the work various individuals are doing here in Leicester to promote not just inclusion but safe spaces for LGBT+ people like myself where we can support one another, walk alongside one another, and […]

IC Story: Melissa Beynon

I first came to Halas, a Church of England parish of 5 churches in and around Halesowen, in July last year, as their curate. Although newly ordained, I had been involved in active ministry in various roles for 9 years. During those years I witnessed discrimination in the church against women and LGBTQ+ people. As […]

IC Story: Susanne Griffin

I have been a regional ambassador for IC in North London since 2013. I first got involved with IC when my vicar, in response to my ‘going on about’ trying to set up specific inclusive worship services for people with learning disabilities, said, “You sound like just the kind of person to become an ‘Inclusive […]

IC Story: David Butterworth

There used to be a song which I recall from my younger days… ‘get right to the point…!’ (It wasn’t a Christian version and nor was I then.). Oddly, it pops into my head quite often. I’ve no idea where I heard it but I recall (only) that line very well.. Being a chaplain in […]

IC Stories: Savi Hensman

I think I first became aware of Inclusive Church quite soon after it started in 2003, in response to Church of England leaders’ appalling treatment of Jeffrey John. His nomination as Bishop of Reading was withdrawn because he was in a committed same-sex partnership – a reminder that even those lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender […]

IC Stories: Nick Bundock

Inclusive Church were there for us when we really needed them. In 2014 following the high-profile suicide of teenager Lizzie Lowe, who was a much-loved member of our church, we were flailing around looking to other people for support. The coroner’s hearing pinpointed the conflict between Lizzie’s faith and her sexuality as a key factor […]

IC Stories: Fiona MacMillan

I grew up at St Martin-in-the-Fields where inclusion was seldom mentioned but usually practised. One of my godfathers was a gay priest who had served there and the community largely supported the ordination of women, particularly since Joyce Bennett ministered among us from 1984. The 1998 Lambeth Conference declaration was a bombshell; some LGBT+ close […]

IC Stories: Anthony Freeman

I guess I’m the least likely person ever to find themselves wanting to be at the heart of Inclusive Church: white, male, fifty-years married, conventionally healthy in mind and body, Church of England priest, Oxford educated, financially secure, “establishment” to the core … and until I was nominated as a trustee, I had never even […]