The part of Manchester, the parish, which St Chrysostom’s was built to serve in the 1870’s was a very varied and very transient one. People from all over England, and merchants and their families from all over Europe and beyond settled in the area. Over the years, the area became less prosperous but even more varied as students arrived and immigrants from the Caribbean, Africa and other parts of the world moved to the area.
From this setting St Chrysostom’s developed a tradition of welcome and inclusivity. An inclusivity which welcomed people of differing ethnicities, political outlooks, educational backgrounds and sexualities. Today the church seeks to celebrate, maintain and develop this tradition.
On the specific issue of same sex relationships several years ago the Church Council unanimously agreed this policy:
At St Chrysostom’s we wish to encourage all who have significant relationships to seek the blessing and prayers of the church in their relationships. Our Church Council recognises that in the modern world relationships can take many different forms, and the Church Council welcomes all who seek the pastoral or liturgical ministry of the church in these relationships.
And now… In this context you may like to see this newsclip from ITN’s News at Ten broadcast recently, and hear what one of our churchwardens has to say!