A new group aimed at offering a ministry of welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians has been launched in St Davids Diocese
CATAC (Changing Attitude Transnewid Cymru) is a national organisation working towards the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the Anglican Communion.
It asserts that there is integrity in being both Christian and gay and that, for many people, it is a God-given reality, not a sin or sickness, and that LGBT people offer evidence of the fruits of the Spirit.
So it seeks a re-evaluation of Scripture and tradition, as group President, Bishop Joanna Penberthy, suggested in her address to the group’s inaugural Eucharist in St Patrick’s Church, Pennar, near Pembroke Dock.
“After 2000 years, we are still learning how to work out our Christian faith,” she said. “We are learning to cope with changing attitudes. Love is patient, it is kind, not envious or boastful, arrogant or rude. (St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians)
“Let us be able to express what we think in the spirit of 1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal…
The next CATAC service will take place at St Padarn’s Church, Llanbadarn Fawr on Monday April 16th, followed by a third in St John’s Carmarthen, on Tuesday May 1st at 7.15pm
Future events and activities will be posted on the CATAC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChangingAttitudeCymru