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Working for the full inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons within our churches

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President Barack Obama



Saturday October 26th, 2pm

Dear Members/friends of CAI

We hope that you can join us in Dublin on the afternoon of Saturday 26th October for a public lecture to mark the 20th anniversary of the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships in the Republic of Ireland.

The public lecture by Judge Catherine McGuinness (a patron of Changing Attitude Ireland) will be followed by the AGM of CAI

The venue is St Ann's Church, Dawson St, Dublin 2.

Here is the timetable of events.

2pm Public lecture:

Speaker: Judge Catherine McGuinness



(followed by questions and discussion.)

3pm Presentations to special guests.

3.30pm Holy Communion

4pm Tea

4.30pm AGM of Changing Attitude Ireland (members only)

NB If your subscription for 2013 is overdue, please send to the treasurer, Richard O’Leary, well in advance of the meeting, to 36, Seahill Road, Holywood, Co.Down. BT18 0DJ)

6.00pm Close.

Revd. Mervyn Kingston, co-founder of Changing Attitude Ireland, died peacefully at home in North Down, on Friday 2nd August, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. 

Mervyn is survived by his partner and CAI co-founder, Richard O'Leary.

Requiescat in pace.


 Alison Finch and Canon Charles Kenny at the CAI stall, General Synod, May 2013

International Day
Against Homophobia & Transphobia
Services for IDAHO 2013

Sunday 12th May
Dublin: St Patrick’s Cathedral, 3.15pm
Speaker: Canon Mark Gardner

Limerick: St Mary’s Cathedral, 7.00pm
Speaker: Canon Marie Rowley-Brooke

Kilkenny: St Canice’s Cathedral, 8.00pm
Speaker: Bishop Michael Burrows

Friday 17th May
Newry:St Catherine’s church, 8.30 pm
(in association with Newry Rainbow Community)

Sunday 19th May
Cork: St Anne’s, Shandon,10.30am
Speaker: Jerry Buttimer TD

Sunday 26th May
L’Derry: St Columb’s Cathedral, 4.00pm
Speaker: Archdeacon Scott Harte

Co-ordinated by Changing Attitude Ireland
Working for LGBT inclusion in the Churches

Faith and Marriage: A Church of Ireland Call for Equality for Same-Sex Couples in Northern Ireland
Changing Attitude Ireland Briefing for Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, 26th April 2013
View or download the submission, or see it and our other publications here.

Faith and Marriage: A Church of Ireland Call for Equality for Same-Sex Couples
Changing Attitude Ireland Submission to the Irish Constitutional Convention, March 2013
View or download the submission, or see it and our other publications here.

Sodom, Lot's daughters, and other texts: Homosexuality, Church and the Sanctity of Life.  Sandra Pragnell.
View or download, or see it and our other publications here.

A Tortured Debate.  Michael Mayes
View or download, or see it and our other publications here.

New Book Coming Out this Good Friday 29 March

Only Say the Word: Affirming Gay and Lesbian Love by Alan McManus

(Ropley, England: Christian Alternative, 2013)

A former Franciscan friar, Dr. Alan McManus holds degrees in Church History/Practical Theology and Religious Studies. He has taught languages at home and abroad, and Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies in Scotland. He has published articles on political philosophy and WW1 remembrance in the "Citizenship, Social and Economics Education". He is a member of Affirmation Scotland.

Foreword by the Rev. Lindsay Biddle, Chaplain of Affirmation Scotland

Order now in Kindle edition or paperback from Amazon.co.uk

            “In Only Say the Word: Affirming Gay and Lesbian Love, Dr. Alan McManus offers a unique queer interpretation of a few traditional Christian stories. He raises questions that require moving beyond the surface understandings, and he provides a deeper, fresh view of how these stories can be read.

            “As a gay Catholic McManus speaks to his own faith and spirituality in his journey toward personal acceptance and his search for acceptance for himself and other gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and transgender persons within the Church. In slightly more than one hundred pages the author engages the reader in a conversation that will continue beyond the final chapter.”

—Review by the Rev. Dr. John W. Mann,

Minister at St. James’ (Pollok) Parish Church, Glasgow,

an Affirming Congregation in the Church of Scotland

The Radical Evangelical whose support for gay marriage is rocking his field

Here is the text of Steve Chalke's article: http://www.christianitymagazine.co.uk/sexuality/stevechalke.aspx

Commemorating 30 years since decriminalistion

Jeff Dudgeon & Gerry Lynch
Jeff Dudgeon, speaker, and Gerry Lynch, officiant, at the service at St. George's Belfast
28th October 2012

Public Lecture on Being Presbyterian and Gay

Canon Ginnie Kennerly, Rev. Blair Robertson, Dr. Richard O'Leary, Canon Charles Kenny
at the public lecture titled 'Presbyterian, Gay and Scottish' after the CAI AGM in Beflast, 27 October 2012


YouTube Video

International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) Service, Belfast 2012 

The Revd Brian Stewart,  Ms Pam Tilson and Prof Michael O’Flaherty at the IDAHO service at St George’s Church, Belfast, 20th May 2012

CAI Fringe Event at the General Synod May 2012
Launch of Parish Welcome leaflet and showing of the documentary "Love Free or Die"

  Dr. Richard O'Leary, Canon Ginnie Kennerley and The Very Reverend Dermot Dunne Dean of Christ Church  


Dublin launch of 'Moving Forward Together: Homosexuality and the Church of Ireland'

The resource can be found in the Publications section of the site.

Revd. Darren McCallig TCD Chaplain, Mrs Judge Catherine McGuinness, Canon Ginnie Kennerley and Dr. Richard O'Leary at the Dublin launch of "Moving Forward Together".
  Revd. Darren McCallig,Chaplain TCD, Judge Catherine McGuinness, Canon Ginnie Kennerley and Dr. Richard O'Leary (Picture courtesy of The Dublin Diocesan Review)   

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