My walk of repentance starts this week

By Symon Hill
June 14, 2011

For some time, I’ve been getting in training for my walk of repentance for homophobia, which begins this week.

I have yet to see whether the training will turn out to have been enough. In my final training walk on Sunday, my friend Chris and I walked for six hours in Hampshire. It rained twice: once for two hours and once for four hours. I’m hoping for at least some dry days once I begin the walk for real.

Tomorrow I will travel by train to Birmingham to begin my pilgrimage of repentance for homophobia. Given that I first had the idea for the pilgrimage a year and eight months ago, this seems unbelievably close. I’ve been in a constant state of mixed excitement and nervousness for the last fortnight.

But in the last two or three days I’ve felt calmer, as things have come together and I prepare to begin very soon. I thank God for keeping me focused.

My pilgrimage will be launched with an event in Birmingham on Wednesday evening. I’ll then set out the next morning to begin the walk to London.

All are welcome at the launch event. It will be at 7.00pm on Wednesday (15 June) at Carr’s Lane Church in central Birmingham (B4 7SX; a few minutes’ walk from New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street stations). I will speak and answer questions, before Robin Fox, a Methodist minister, leads a brief act of worship and commissioning. People of all religions and none are welcome to attend, whatever their views on sexuality. Those who would rather not participate in Christian worship are welcome to leave for the worship, but all will be welcome for tea or coffee and informal conversation afterwards.

There's a lot more information about the pilgrimage at I'll be blogging daily at that site during the walk.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at


Symon Hill is associate director of Ekklesia.

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