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Address at the Memorial Service for the Revd Mervyn Kingston

Gerry Lynch's Thoughts...

This was one of three adresses celebrating the life of the Reverend George Mervyn Kingston at a memorial service held at St George’s Church, Belfast on 8 February 2014. Mervyn was a wonderful priest, a loyal friend and an unlikely prophet, whose prophetic ministry was particularly concerned with reconciliation between Northern Ireland’s churches and communities. He co-founded Changing Attitude Ireland with his husband and partner, Dr Richard O’Leary.

I hadn’t been long back in Belfast in 2007 when I chanced across the website of Changing Attitude Ireland. Mervyn and Richard had set the organisation up a few months before, and it had yet to catch a fair wind. I sent them an e-mail and a cheque, a sign of my good wishes and a salve for a conscience that felt it could do little more. CAI was still very small – I think I was member number 6.

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Mervyn Kingston Memorial Service

Mervyn Kingston, co-founder of Changing Attitude Ireland, at Belfast Pride in 2010

Mervyn Kingston, co-founder of Changing Attitude Ireland, at Belfast Pride in 2010

There will be a memorial service for  Mervyn Kingston, the co-counder of Changing Attitude Ireland, in St George’s, High Street, Belfast, at 11.30am-12.30pm on Saturday 8 February.

Mervyn, who died on 2 August 2013, was a pioneer of the gay Christian movement in Ireland.  Faith and Pride merely builds on the work he started.

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