We are an inclusive Church and have registered as such, because we realised that people coming to our city who are LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex +) would not know that our church is diverse and inclusive, or that LGBTQI+ people are accepted and treated equally in church life, including equal opportunities to be involved and hold office.
We are registered to authorise all legally permitted weddings.
We are registered with Inclusive Church and Visible Congregations not to mark a change in the nature of our church, but as a commitment to being more visible and to letting people know ‘this is who we are’ as a church. We are a diverse Church already and others are welcome to come and be diverse with us!
Inclusive Gathering Birmingham
Inclusive Gathering Birmingham and The Church at Carrs Lane work collaboratively. Inclusive Gathering now meets in the Edgbaston Quaker Meeting House. Online and in person gatherings take place regularly. Go to the Inclusive Gathering Birmingham website to learn more.
We made rainbow banners to fly at Birmingham Pride. We wrote, ‘all are welcome!’ and with that, ‘Diversity, Love and Respect’ to it, because that is the way in which ‘all our welcome’ in this Church: in respect and love of difference, accepting each other as people made in God’s image. There are of course ways all of us need to grow and change, but we want to be clear that this is a safe space in which we are diverse.
We have bought the Inclusive Church series of books and are exploring broader inclusivity. The books are about Inclusive Church and… Mental Health, Poverty, Gender, Sexuality, Disability, Ethnicity. So we hope to grow and develop and become increasingly inclusive and grow in our understanding.