Brisbane forum for equality brings progressive Christians together
Recently, New Farm's Merthyr Road Uniting Church hosted a forum of clergy and parishioners discussing their support for marriage equality, as well as other social justice issues including human rights, the first Australians, domestic violence, asylum seekers and climate change.
The forum was organised by Common Dreams on the Road, which is supported by progressive Christian groups from various denominations, including St Mary's in Exile, Uniting Church Lay Forum, and Progressive Spirituality Network (associated with West End Uniting Church and Merthyr Road Uniting Church).
Also present were members of Progressive Christian Voice which is led by Anglican Dean of Brisbane, Reverend Dr Peter Catt. Those in attendance included Anglican, Uniting and Catholic clergy and parishioners.
Reverend Dr Margaret Mayman from Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney said:
“Progressive Christians are supporting marriage equality because we believe sexual and gender diversity are part of God’s plan, part of the fabric of creation woven by God. There is no one biblical model of marriage, but inequality and injustice are surely an affront to Gospel values.”
A Catholic priest added his support to the forum, telling QP:
“Over the centuries the Christian Church done enormous damage to gay and lesbian people. That damage continues when Christians continue to exclude gay and lesbian people from obtaining equal rights in regard to marriage. With new laws coming before parliament there is no better time for Christians to repair some of that damage than by standing up for equal marriage rights for all.”
Last year, Merthyr Road Uniting Church hosted a national forum on marriage equality, with Australian Marriage Equality’s Rodney Croome, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster, PFLAG’s Shelley Argent and Rev. Dr Peter Catt in attendance.