Central London church to host event promoting repentance of homophobia

By staff writers
March 30, 2011

A central London church will mark the final destination of a Christian writer's pilgrimage of repentance for homophobia.

Symon Hill announced in December that he will walk from Birmingham to London this summer in repentance for his former homophobic attitudes. He has now said that he will finish with a talk at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on the evening of Friday 1 July, before joining in the Pride march the next day.

Hill, who is associate director of the Ekklesia thinktank and author of The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion, will leave Birmingham on or around 16 June. Venues for talks on the way will include St Columba's United Reformed Church in Oxford on Sunday 26 June.

The walk has been welcomed by the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and endorsed by the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, Ekklesia, Courage UK and Inclusive Church.

Symon Hill said he had been "deeply moved" by the many messages of support and encouragement he had received since announcing his plan.

"They have made me more determined than ever to demonstrate repentance of the harm I have caused and to challenge the Church's whole attitude," he said, "This is a matter of love and justice, integral to our calling to live by the spirit and teachings of Christ."

Jeremy Marks, director of Courage UK, an evangelical agency supportive of gay and lesbian Christians, expressed his support for the project. "Symon Hill’s pilgrimage of repentance is one of those projects that truly warms and encourages the heart of any gay person," he said, "It recognises deeply held views yet illustrates the process of repentance in a very real and inspiring way."

Marks added, "Let us pray that Symon’s example will inspire many others to reconsider their views and similarly repent of their homophobia."

More information on the pilgrimage of repentance for homophobia can be found at http://www.repenting.wordpress.com.


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