Can a little more diversity really hurt?

Among Anglicans attending or leading our churches today are those who...

  • Reserve and venerate the sacrament
  • Read Calvin's Institutes every day
  • Spend their time in church colouring, playing games and eating cake
  • Find their closest community partnership in the local mosque
  • Sit in the same pew their ancestors used 500 years ago
  • Practise believers' baptism by full immersion
  • Are multimillionaires
  • Use incense every week
  • Refuse to remarry divorcees
  • Pray daily for the Queen, the government and the armed forces
  • Attend to get the kids into the church school
  • Have never seen a robed minister
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Were just married for the third time (in church)
  • Believe very little orthodox doctrine
  • Will give half their income this year to support a church project
  • Speak in tongues during worship
  • Use only the 1662 prayer book
  • Meet in a cinema
  • Are lifelong pacifists
  • Do not allow yoga in the church hall
  • Meet for worship around breakfast tables downstairs in a city cafe, eat pastries, read the papers and listen to a short Christian reflection
  • Own nothing except the clothes they stand up in
  • Believe that women should not teach in church
  • Are Christian anarchists
  • Have taken lifelong vows as members of religious communities
  • Will put less than 1% of their income in the collection this year
  • Believe in a seven day creation and a young earth
  • Will spend the rest of their week volunteering for the food bank
  • Lift their arms high while the worship band plays
  • Feel Palestrina is a bit modern for their taste
  • Find their primary place of Christian belonging in their prayer triplet
  • …and plenty more…

If Anglicanism has any defining, collective characteristic at all, it is surely a tolerant commitment to mutual flourishing. That's how we became the broadest and most diverse church the world has ever seen.

Within this plethora of diversities, can the church really not find space in its heart for the full inclusion of our LGBT+ sisters and brothers?