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Generous Faith

Creating vibrant Christian communities

Generous Faith

Creating vibrant Christian communities

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781786225610
Number of Pages: 176
Published: 28/06/2024
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

Giles Goddard embodies the story of the Church of England’s struggle to understand and accommodate differences in human sexuality.

From the paradox of feeling both excluded and called to the priesthood, to becoming the only openly gay priest on the Living in Love and Faith co-ordinating group, this book reflects on thirty years’ experience of trying to make the church more inclusive.

In his work as priest of St John’s Waterloo, he has continued to push the boundaries of inclusion, offering a prayer space for the Muslim community, welcoming refugees, the street homeless, and Extinction Rebellion activism.

Anyone who shares these dreams for the church will recognise themselves here: Giles is a kind of everyman for everyone whose faith and work bring them into conflict with the stance of the Church. The story is told through the lens of the Christian year with its seasons of preparation, retreat and growth.

Giles Goddard

Giles Goddard is a leading activist in the Church of England and beyond on climate change and LGBTI+ inclusion. He chairs Faith for the Climate, an interfaith network, and was on General Synod from 2009 – 2021 where he chaired the Human Sexuality Group. He is a former Chair of Inclusive Church. He is Vicar of St John’s Waterloo.

'A good book about faith will make the uncommitted reader wonder about the possibility of seeing everything around them in a new way. Giles Goddard has written a very good book about faith - about his own journey, about the journey of a usually confused and fearful institution, but above all about the journey into a different, more demanding and more fulfilling vision for human beings and the world they inhabit.' -- Rowan Williams

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