Lis­ten­ing with com­pas­sion to all, in­clud­ing gays

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Paul.clarke@glean­erjm.com

THE REV­EREND Marjorie Lewis of the United Church of Ja­maica and The Cay­man Is­lands says that the pas­toral re­sponse and the ca­pac­ity of min­is­ters to be able to have con­ver­sa­tion with peo­ple in safe spa­ces has im­pli­ca­tions.

“This means look­ing at the way in which min­is­ters are trained to be able to lis­ten with com­pas­sion to ev­ery­body who comes to them, and that in­cludes gay peo­ple and their fam­i­lies,” she said.

In­ti­mate Con­vic­tion has been or­gan­ised by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional groups, in­clud­ing the Cana­dian HIV/AIDS Le­gal net­work, Angli­cans for De­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion, and the St Matthias Church and will fea­ture speak­ers from the Angli­can, Bap­tist, Ro­man Catholic, and United Churches.

The con­fer­ence be­gins to­day at the Uni­ver­sity of The West Indies Re­gional Head­quar­ters at 8 a.m.

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