Here at St Augustine’s, Rumney, we believe it is a gospel imperative to welcome all in Christ’s name and to exclude no one. As the former Archbishop of Cape Town, Archbishop Desmond Tutu once wrote,
‘This family has no outsiders. Everyone is an insider. When Jesus said, “I, if I am lifted up, will draw . . .” Did he say, “I will draw some”? “I will draw some, and tough luck for the others”? He said, “I, if I be lifted up, will draw all.” All! All! All! – Black, white, yellow; rich, poor; clever, not so clever; beautiful, not so beautiful. All! All! It is radical. All! All are to be held in this incredible embrace. Gay, lesbian, so-called “straight;” all! All! All are to be held in the incredible embrace of the love that won’t let us go.’
No matter how you may perceive the church’s understanding of the diversity of human sexuality, no matter how you might have felt excluded or hurt or even been damaged by the the church in the past because of who you are, St Augustine’s is a church which values you for being you, welcomes you just as you are and will standing alongside you as together we pray that God will enable us ALL to be the people God made us to be. Gay, straight, bi, trans, questioning – whoever you are, and however you choose or not choose to identify yourself – you will be loved just for being you here in the family of St Augustine’s.
If you need help and support, our clergy are LGBTQIA+ affirming and can help signpost people to LGBTQIA+ affirming organisations. Below are some links to local and national groups which members of the LGBTQIA+ community may appreciate.
Stonewall Cymru – campaigning for justice and equality for the LGBTQIA+ community
Changing Attitude Cymru – working for LGBTQIA+ equality in the Church in Wales
The Gathering – a weekly meeting at The United Reform Church, Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BZ and with a contemporary worship style
Sybils – working with Trans Christians
Diverse Church – working with young LGBTQIA+ people and their parents