Newry Pride

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Bellagio suite, Bellini's cafe, Newry, Daniel Karslake's award-winning film "For the Bible Tells me so" Wednesday 26th September, 8pm, introduced by Ciaran o Mathuna

Belfast Pride 2012

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Sunday 29 July DISCUSSION: THE RIGHT TO GAY MARRIAGE? ALL SOULS CHURCH, ELMWOOD AVE FROM 16:00hrs. Come along and discuss The Right to Gay Marriage led by Reverend Chris Hudson MBE.  For further information, please visit


Sunday 29 July to Saturday 4 August in St. George’s Church High Street. 18.00hrs. Each evening there will be a short service of Christian prayer and reflection, lasting for just 15 minutes. )


After Sunday’s (29th July) service at 18.00 at St George’s there will be refreshments before the showing of the film Love Free or Die. at 19.00hrs. The story of the journey of The American Episcopal Church (TEC) towards the approval of the ordination of gay persons to the episcopate.


Saturday, 4th August Pride Breakfast - All Souls' Church Hall Elmwood Avenue @ 10am


Saturday 4th August  Belfast Pride Parade: This year CAI members and persons of faith who support gay pride will have a presence both in the parade and also on the route in front of St George’s Church, High Street where we will be setting up a CAI resources display stand and greeting the Pride walkers as they pass. We hope that this Christian pro-gay presence in front of St George’s on the Parade route will be an antidote to the Christian anti-gay presence adjacent to St Anne’s Cathedral and at City Hall. Whether you wish to walk in the Parade or support it from in front of St George’s you are invited to assemble outside St George’s from 11.15am.  The CAI contact person at St George’s will be Gerry Lynch. (Please note the earlier time as this year the Parade starts at 12.00 noon from Custom House Square).


Sunday, 5th August  Annual Pride Service - All Souls' Church Elmwood Avenue @ 3pm  All welcome.

Sunday 13th May 2012 International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO)

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International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO)

Theme: 'Moving Forward Together' or ‘No more them and us’ (NI)

                                                                                         Sunday 13th May 2012                                                                                                                      Cork: St. Anne’s, Shandon 11.00  Eucharist   Speaker Clive Davis (Cork)

Dublin: Christ Church Cathedral 3.30pm  Speaker Revd. Sandra Pragnell

Derry/ Londonderry: St Columb’s Cathedral 4.00pm  Speaker Paul Rowlandson   

Limerick: St. Mary’s Cathedral 7.00pm  Speaker Revd. Jane Galbraith

Waterford: Christ Church Cathedral 7.30pm  Speaker Rt. Revd. Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel and Ossory

Thursday 17th May 2012     

                        Belfast: St. George's High Street Sunday School Room   4.00-4.45pm. Launch of  Parish LGBT  Welcome leaflet                                 Speaker Pádraig O’Tuama

                                              Sunday 20th May 2012                                                

                                                                    Belfast: St George’s Church, High Street  3.00pm   Speaker Professor Michael O’Flaherty,                                                                        Chief Commissioner NI Human Rights Commission


Dublin: (During General Synod) Friday 11th May 2012 St. Audoen's church (C of I) Cornmarket 13.05-13.50hrs. Launch of Parish LGBT Welcome leaflet and a showing of the documentary "Love Free or Die"

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Friday 11th May 2012 St. Audoen's church (C of I) Cornmarket (250 metres beyond Christ Church Cathedral) 13.05-13.50hrs. Launch of Parish LGBT Welcome leaflet 
Speaker: Very Revd. Dermot Dunne, Dean of Christ Church,
and a 30 min. extract from the documentary "Love Free or Die" featuring the debate at Convocation of     
The Episcopal Church (TEC) on whether gay clergy should be ordained.

Church of Ireland Sexuality Conference Report Cavan 9-10th March 2012

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Link to Thinking Anglicans Report on Church of Ireland Conference on Faith and Sexuality, Cavan, 9th-10th March 2012

Intrigued by same-sex union survey Belfast Newsletter LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Published Friday 16 March 2012 08:38

Belfast Newsletter SAME SEX UNION SURVEY Published 12th March 2012

Gerry Lynch Letter to Irish Times Published 14/03/2012

Some contributors to the Belfast Telegraph website have denied the veracity of MARY'S STORY. This incident which happened in 2004 shows the totally unpleasant experiences that some gay and lesbian persons have to endure from some conservative clergy. Her story is included in 'Moving Forward Together: Homosexuality and the Church of Ireland' pps 84-86, and was previously published in CAI's "Share Your Story" booklet 2010. MARY'S STORY

Bishop's widow praises C of I's gay clergy

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Speaking on RTE radio’s ‘The GOD SLOT’ on Friday 17th February Dr Elizabeth Butler, widow of Rt. Revd. Arthur Butler, a former Bishop of Connor, praised the Church of Ireland’s gay clergy.

Referring to gay clergy in the Church’s northern province she said, ”There was a memorial service for a gay clergyman not more than a couple of weeks ago. There were 400 plus people there, and he did more in his pastoral ministry than I believe could be achieved by the average clergyman”.  
Dr Butler, who was a consultant at the Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast, is a contributor to a new book called “Moving Forward Together: Homosexuality and the Church of Ireland” edited by Canon Ginnie Kennerly and Dr Richard O’Leary. In the radio discussion she described her journey towards knowledge and acceptance of gay persons and said that “staying with a dedicated homosexual couple was an example of Christian life which I would love to be able to emulate”.

Following the civil partnership of Dean Tom Gordon last summer, the Church of Ireland has convened a special conference on ‘sexuality’ which will take place in County Cavan on 9th- 10th March.

International Day Against Homophobia: - 13th & 20th May 2012

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International Day Against Homophobia: - 6 venues for 2012

Sunday 13th May Cork: St. Anne’s, Shandon 11.00am Eucharist  (speaker TBC)

Sunday 13th May Dublin: Christ Church Cathedral 3.30pm (Speaker Revd. Sandra Pragnell)

Sunday 13th May Londonderry: St Columb’s Cathedral 4.00pm (Speaker Paul Rowlandson)   

Sunday 13th May Limerick: St. Mary’s Cathedral 7.00pm (Speaker TBC) 

Sunday 13th May Waterford: Christ Church Cathedral 7.30pm (Speaker Rt. Revd. Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel and Ossory)


Sunday 20th May Belfast: St George’s Church, High Street  3.00pm (Speaker Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Chief Commissioner NI Human Rights Commission)

                                                                                     Come with friends and family                                                                                                                                                                                                   

launch of New book from CAI - Belfast 07 Feb. Dublin 09 Feb. 2012

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Belfast Book Launch: Tuesday 7th February 16.45hrs. The Good Bookshop Donegall Street. Speaker Lady Brenda Sheil.

Dublin Book Launch: Thursday 9th February 2012. 18.15hrs. Trinity College Gallery Chapel, following Evensong at 17.15 hrs.                                                                      Speaker Judge Catherine McGuinness. Refreshments provided. 

Newbook from CAI - Moving Forward Together: Homosexuality and the Church of Ireland”.

This book co-edited by Canon Ginnie Kennerley and Dr Richard O’Leary is being published to assist the mutual listening and discussion in preparation for the Church of Ireland’s special conference on sexuality in March 2012. It is available in hard copy and pdf format from Changing Attitude Ireland from 25th January 2012.

The contributions are by theologians, prominent members of the Church of Ireland and gay and lesbian persons in the Church of Ireland and include: Alan Acheson, Prof. Nigel Biggar, Bishop Michael Burrows, Dr Elizabeth Butler, Henry Haslam and Charles Elliot, Canon Charles Kenny, Rev Mervyn Kingston Ven. Gordon Linney, Jeremy Marks, Judge Catherine McGuinness, Canon Albert Ogle, Dr Andrew Pierce.

“Moving Forward Together:

Homosexuality and the Church of Ireland”

 edited by Canon Ginnie Kennerley and Dr. Richard O’Leary


Foreword  Ginnie Kennerley   

Preface  Catherine McGuinness                                                                                              


Does the Faith stand or fall here? Nigel Biggar                     

So What About Romans 1? Charles Kenny                             


 Civil partnerships and the Church Gordon Linney                 

 Communion Where Convictions Divide Andrew Pierce         

Reviewing Lambeth ’98 1.10. Michael Burrows                     


 Homosexuality- moving on?  Elizabeth Butler             

 Science, faith and sexual orientation Various            


The Church needs to listen to its Gay Clergy, Mervyn Kingston                                                                    

My Vocation, Mary

A Civil Partnership celebrated in Church, Henry & Charles

A Gay cleric’s story. Albert Ogle


An Evangelical appeals to tradition Alan Acheson                

A Journey from Self-condemnation to Acceptance  Jeremy Marks                                          

The Hard Gospel Project: From sectarianism to racism to homosexuality  Richard O’Leary

Further Reading                                                       


Copies are on sale from The Good Book Shop 61-67 Donegall Street Belfast BT1 2QH. 'No Alibis' Bookshop Botanic Avenue Belfast  and The Resource Centre, Holy Trinity Church, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Best Sellers (The Bible Bookshop) Dawson Street Dublin and many Cathedrals. NI £4/ROI €5 plus postage NI £1/ROI €3


Methodist 'Accepting Sexuality' group Lecture Friday 24th February 2012 8pm Belfast.

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The first annual lecture organised by the Methodist 'Accepting Sexuality' group, in association with Changing Attitude Ireland, will be given by The Revd Dr.Hugh Rayment-Pickard (Anglican) from London and will be held on Friday 24th February 2012 at 8.00pm in Grosvenor House (Belfast Central Mission), 5 Glengall Street,Belfast BT12 5AD (opposite the Bus Station). Refreshments will be served.

The title is 'Notes on the margins of the Church'. Rev Dr Hugh Rayment-Pickard is a founder and currently Director of Communications for the education charity IntoUniversity.  Before that, he worked for over 20 years as a priest in London parishes.  For several years he was also part-time lecturer in philosophy at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of several publications including Philosophies of History: from Enlightenment to Postmodernity [with Robert Burns]; Impossible God: Derrida’s Theology; The Myths of Time: from St Augustine to American Beauty; The Devil's Account: Philip Pullman and Christianity; The Inclusive God [with Steven Shakespeare] and 50 Key Concepts in Theology.  He was awarded an MBE in 2009 for his work in the charity sector.

This would be a useful preliminary event for delegates to the Church of Ireland Conference on Homosexuality to be held in Co. Cavan 9-10th March 2012.

LGBT Christmas Carol Services: Belfast, Dublin & Cork

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 4th Annual Christmas Carol Service   All Souls' Church, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast.  Friday 9th December 2011  7:30pm

13th Annual LGBT Christmas Carol Service, Dublin

Saturday, 10th December, 2011 Carol Service  8.00 pm

Mulled Wine & Mince Pies at 9.15 pm

Unitarian Church St Stephens Green, Dublin 2

                                                    Guest Speaker:    Ailbhe Smyth

CORK: St. Anne's Shandon. Thursday 22nd December 7.30pm. 3rd Annual Community Carol Service. (In association with CAI.) The visiting choir is Choral Chaos (an LGBT Community Group). Friends and family welcome.


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