A progressive Anglican church in Australia has used its church sign to protest Anglicanism’s treatment of LGBTI people this week.
The Anglican Parish of Gosford on the Central Coast of New South Wales state, north of Sydney, was reacting to the global Anglican Communion suspending its North American branch over same-sex marriage to avoid a schism with homophobic Anglican churches in the developing world.
‘LGBTIQ PEOPLE PLEASE FORGIVE US’ the church’s sign read.
Gosford Anglican Church priest the Venerable Rod Bower, Archdeacon of the Central Coast, explained the sign’s meaning in a Facebook post yesterday, writing, ‘While the Anglican Communion continues to condone the marginalization of LGBTIQ people in both word and deed because of poor theology and inadequate biblical scholarship all many of us can do is to beg for forgiveness.’
Gosford Anglican Church has a history of using its sign to speak out for the marginalized, often in dissention to the views of the leadership of the Anglican Church in New South Wales on LGBTI issues where a conservative attitude prevails.
One of the leading founders and members of the anti-gay and anti-female ordination Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) grouping of churches is retired Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, and he remains influential in the group.