LGBT people to live in.
This week ILGA – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association, published its annual world map on lesbian and gay rights, and its report on State Sponsored Homophobia. It is heartening to see on the map that there are more and more countries that have laws banning discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The map is also gradually changing in favour or equal marriage.
In most of Africa and much of Asia however, the picture is very different – death penalty or imprisonment for up to 14 years or at the very least a lack of legislation that can make violent homophobia perfectly acceptable and encouraged by the state.
In worship this Sunday, we will reflect on our Bedrock Belief about Jesus:
At MCC Newcastle we believe:
Jesus offers everyone chances for new life and hope, especially to those on the edges of society. His life is
an important example to follow.
Jesus spent his ministry challenging injustice and reaching out to those who were dismissed as unimportant by the religious and state authorities of the day. We will represent Jesus as we make a noise against homophobia and transphobia this Saturday and every day.