adults themselves. It will be a great party, with a chance to catch up with family and friends. It will be wonderful for us all to celebrate with them and share their happiness.
In our congregation, Ernie and his partner Geoffrey have been together for over 45 years. For most of that time, this
longstanding and loving relationship was not recognised by the state and, in fact, would have been illegal. We thank God that times have changed. Ernie and Geoffrey were the 4th couple to have their Civil Partnership registered at Newcastle Civic Centre, once their relationship was finally
recognised in law. Now we are discussing equal marriage and the United Reformed Church (that host so many MCC congregations in the UK) are in talks with the Government about allowing Civil Partnerships to take place in their church buildings.
Change can sometimes take a very long time and it can be hard to fight for a cause when the odds seem so stacked against us. Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Ghandi, Emily Pankhurst, Troy Perry are all people who are famous because they continued to campaign and struggle, even when equality and justice seemed impossible goals. Although we may know these names, there are millions of people around the world who are trying to make a difference every day. Many of these are people draw upon their faith – whatever religion – to challenge injustice and fight poverty.
Our Worship theme for September will be “Yesterday, Today, Forever”, as we look at some of the minor prophets of the Old Testament. One of the most famous quotes from one of
these, Micah, is:
“And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
We are called to make a difference, so that we all have something to celebrate in life. I invite you do one thing this week that will improve life for another person.