Open Table Network of LGBTQIA+

Open Table Network of LGBTQIA+

Cherry Vann, Bishop of Monmouth, offered a reflection

'HERE is a place of belonging. Here is a place of witness. Here is a prophetic place. And God is using it all. For that, we rejoice and give thanks.' - OTN Patron & Bishop of Monmouth Cherry Vann.

ON SATURDAY 6th November 2021, around 50 people gathered from across Wales and England to celebrate five years of the LGBTQIA+ Chaplaincy in St Asaph Diocese - the first of its kind in the UK, and six years since first Open Table community in North Wales, which came under the care of the Chaplaincy in January 2017.

OTN Patron Cherry Vann, Bishop of Monmouth, offered a reflection, which includes our opening words - a powerful affirmation of the ministry of Open Table. Read Bishop Cherry's reflection in full here.

We rejoice and give thanks because:

• Our first community is now in its 14th year

• We have grown from one to 21 communities since 2015

• We have supported more than 100 other churches to consider how to be more inclusive and affirming for LGBTQIA+ people

• We are currently working with nine churches who plan to start an Open Table community within the next year.

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