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LGBTQIA Pagans and Others Mark 1st February

The calendar this week reaches 1st February, marked in various traditions as the harbinger of Spring.  For pagans and neo-pagans, it is Imbolc, meaning “in the belly” and reflecting the pregnant nature of the land.  In Celtic countries the date is marked as Saint Bridget’s Day, and elsewhere it is Candlemas.  Some scholars suggest that the festival may have been celebrated since at least the Neolithic period, some five thousand and more years BCE.  Customs around this time of year include spring cleaning of the house, making a Bridget’s cross, decorating the home with white and green colour

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Student Christian Movt Welcomes Church Change

Tom Packer writing for the website of the Student Christian Movement has a message of inclusion and love for LGBTQIA+ Christians, saying “(we) remind them that whatever the position of the Church of England, that they are loved and truly equal members of the body of Christ.”  Mr Packer writes “We

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Secularists Call for Bar on Religious Cutting

Some gay and bisexual men are active in the anti-circumcision movement, regarding cultural and religious circumcision as an affront to bodily autonomy and a crime against male children similar to female genital mutilation (FGM).  They were given a boost this week as the National Secular Society,

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Gay Pagan Religion Marks 12 Years On the Web

The gay and male neo-pagan religion of Antinous worshippers have this week marked their twelfth anniversary on Facebook, noting “starting with only nine followers on January 17th 2011, Antinous now has 19,000 followers worldwide ...

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LGBTQIA Anglicans Respond to Church Debate

One Body One Faith, an LGBTQIA+ advocacy network operating within the Church of England and other denominations, has issued its considered response to the Bishops of the Church of England and their consideration of “Prayers of Thanksgiving, Dedication and for God’s Blessing for Same-Sex Couples”.

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Scene magazine QX looks ahead to the Queer Spirit Festival taking place in Devon from 17th to 23rd August.


The Guardian reports that in the coming week, the General Synod of the Church of England will discuss and debate whether to allow priests to conduct samesex marriage ceremonies.


The National Secular Society reports in its weekly bulletin: Cardinal George Pell has died aged 81.


“I pray former Pope Benedict rests in the arms of our loving and forgiving God”.


Adam Rutherford, the CEO of Humanists UK, formerly the British Humanist Association, says that the organisation is broadly pleased with its performance in 2022, and has hopes for a more peaceful an

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