James Alison, priest, author and Catholic theologian
James Alison will be addressing how best we engage with those who are opposed to the full inclusion of LGBT people in Church life. The event is running in Belfast South Methodist Church, Lisburn Road, Belfast at 8pm on Wednesday 12 November. The Church is near the junction with Adelaide Park: look out for the “Agape Centre” sign outside. Coffee will be available from about 7.30.
The speaker is a Catholic theologian and author, with books including Knowing Jesus and Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay. His most recent project is Jesus the Forgiving Victim—an introductory course on Christianity for adults which is grounded in our humanity. Having formerly lived with the Dominican Order, he now works as a preacher, lecturer and retreat giver across Europe and South America.
He speaks of faith as ‘relaxing into God’s embrace’. A key strand of his work has been the givenness of sexual orientation—shaped by his own experience—and the future of the Church’s debate, about which he is optimistic. Described as ‘one of the most lucid and exciting theologians writing to-day’, he’s renowned for bringing fresh insight to familiar themes.
This event is jointly organized between Accepting Sexuality, Changing Attitude Ireland, and Gay Catholic Voice Ireland,
Posted on 18 October, 2014, in Meetings and tagged accepting sexuality, cai, changing attitude ireland, gay catholic voice ireland, james alison. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
I am so glad that James Alison is coming to give talks in Ireland. He is an ecumenical optimist (always a good combination) and extremely positive about gay affirmation and self-affirmation within the Christian context. Let us all affirm that we are not going to heaven in spite of being gay, but that our gay condition is approved by God and that it is part of our heaven-sent vocation. Chris Fits