Given the earlier posts relating too abuse and safety on the internet (Evil around us, How we respond to evil?, Good responses to reponses to evil and The only right response), it seems appropriate to quote a fair bit from Archbishop of Canterbury says churches must be ‘safe’ for gays | Ekklesia.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that the churches of the Anglican Communion must be safe places for gay and lesbian people.
Rowan Williams said; "I share the concerns expressed about
situations where the Church is seen to be underwriting social or legal
attitudes which threaten these proper liberties. It is impossible to
read this report without being aware that in many places – including
Western countries with supposedly ‘liberal’ attitudes – hate crimes
against homosexual people have increased in recent years and have taken
horrifying and disturbing forms.
"No-one reading this report can be complacent about such a
situation, and the Church is challenged to show that it is truly a safe
place for people to be honest and where they may be confident that they
will have their human dignity respected, whatever serious disagreements
about ethics may remain. It is good to know that the pastoral care of
homosexual people is affirmed clearly by so many provinces."
For whom are we safe places? What do we do about it?