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Sunday evening service
December 5, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
In person at St Matthews
(Evidence of vaccination required)
Presider : Rev Diana Rattray
I am an Anglican Priest and Vicar of All Saints Ponsonby, an inclusive community of faith. I have been ordained 20 years and out for 9 years. I am married to Fiona and am a step-parent to three children. Being a priest in a committed same sex relationship has had some very challenging moments. I continue to be disappointed in the church’s attitude towards human sexuality and the impact that debates, discussions and decisions have on LGBTQI+ people within Christian communities and in wider society. In most instances the “issue” has been given much more attention and status than the “people”.
Homilist : Rev Mark Henrickson
Mark Henrickson is Professor of Social Work at Massey, Auckland, and a registered social worker. He has published extensively on HIV, gender and sexual diversity, and on vulnerabilised and marginalised communities. Ordained priest in the Anglican Communion in 1981, he has served in both full-time parish and non-stipended roles over the years. As a gay Christian he knows it is harder to be queer and Christian than Christian and queer; yet the love of God embraces us because of who we are, not in spite of who we are. He is pleased to support the work and ministry of ARCC.
We are an independent affirming rainbow faith community for all people, especially those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or transsexual, their families and friends.