The LGBTI group aims to provide a safe haven for the LGBTI Christian Community from all walks of life.
Our “core mission” is to provide emotional and psycho-social support to the marginalised gay and lesbian community from a Christian point of view. We meet every fortnight to discuss issues affecting the LGBTI people in this day and age. We also function as a referral point for this community to different service providers, be it legal or health issues.
We aim to inform and educate the world on being gay and a Christian. We strive to empower the LGBTI Christian Community. All are welcome.
What is life like if you or someone in your family is gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangendered or intersex in their orientation?
“As a group that has suffered more than its share of oppression and contempt , the homosexual community has a particular claim on the concern of the Church.” - Catholic Social Welfare Commission, 1979.
At Holy Trinity we seek to be welcoming and inclusive to all and have a particular concern for those who, in any way, feel that they are on the margins of the Church.
Being welcomed and being invited to participate in their local faith community is the foundation of spiritual support that the Church offers to all baptised persons.
As a parish, what can we do? We can take a number of steps to ensure that individuals and families feel welcome. To begin:
- take time to inform ourselves of what the Church and read good Catholic writings on the subject
- be aware of how marginalised some individuals (and families) feel because of their (or a family member’s) homosexual orientation
- avoid stereotyping and condemning. It is so easy for us to do this and very painful to anyone who is stereotyped or condemned
- remember that homophobic jokes and asides can be cruel and hurtful; a careless words can mean another experience of rejection and pain. Reject homophobic jokes and refuse to be party to them in social circles and places of work
- help educate others, especially children, so as to stop homophobic attitudes and prejudice. Young people must know that these are not Christian attitudes and therefore not acceptable. Lead by example!
- assist in anyway you can to be welcoming to others, especially those who are near to our community. This helps us grow into a welcoming, friendly and sensitive community
“Church policies should explicitly reject unjust discrimination and harassment of any persons, including those with a homosexual inclination. Procedures should be in place to handle complaints.” – Ministry to Persons with Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. November 14, 2006.
Resources for Reflection
Is is time for a pastoral response to homosexuality in South Africa? by Fr Russell Pollitt SJ