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The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement congratulates Symon Hill on the completion of his walk of repentance for homophobia

in UNITED KINGDOM, 11/07/2011

Symon Hill, Christian writer, activist and associate director of the Ekklesia thinktank, will be addressing an audience at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London's West End after having completed a 160 mile walk which he started in Birmingham on 16 June as a pilgrimage to demonstrate repentance for his previous homophobia.

Source: www.lgcm.org.uk

Symon Hill embarked upon this pilgrimage to publicly show support for LGBT people in marked contrast to his own strongly homophobic position which 14 years ago led him to say that his opposition to gay relationships was a matter of God's opinion, not his.

 The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is one of a number of Christian organisations which have expressed support for this walk culminating in London today, 1 July.

 The Rev Sharon Ferguson, Chief Executive of LGCM said:

 “We have been delighted to lend support to Symon’s pilgrimage which has been both a personal journey yet a very public one. LGCM has been campaigning for 35 years for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the church and in wider society. We are thrilled to see increasing numbers of Christians, both individuals and groups, embrace LGBT people as people of worth and dignity in God's eyes.

 “Symon's pilgrimage reminds us of the steady march of progress towards true acceptance of all God’s children. However as well as indicating the changes that are occurring among Christians, the fact that Symon's walk is still needed is a sober reminder that we still have a long way to go.”

 Tomorrow LGCM will be joining with other Christians in London marching as part of the annual Pride celebrations under the banner of Christians Together at Pride. We shall then be gathering at 6pm at St Martin-in-the-Fields for our service of celebration for Pride. All are welcome.

 For further details please contact Tony Green on 07900 883910

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