Inclusive Eucharist

FIRST MARRIED LESBIAN BISHOP AND DESMOND TUTU’S DAUGHTER TO CELEBRATE “INCLUSIVE EUCHARIST” AHEAD OF LAMBETH CONFERENCE.

The Ozanne Foundation is part of the group of UK Christian organisations who have invited two high profile same-sex married Anglican priests to lead an “Inclusive Eucharist” that is to be live-streamed on Saturday 25th July in Canterbury.

The Rt. Revd Mary D. Glasspool, Assistant Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York, will preside and the Revd Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, an Episcopal priest now living in Holland, will preach at the service.

Speaking about the importance of welcoming all, Revd Canon Tutu van Furth said:

“Welcome and hospitality are prized values of the Middle Eastern heritage of our Christian tradition. We want every person who joins us in worship to know to the very fibre of their being that they are welcome.”

Bishop Glasspool explained the need for such a service, commenting:

“It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of this “Inclusive Eucharist,” in which we say to all people everywhere: You are loved by our Loving God and welcome at Christ’s table. Like others, I initially queried the use of the phrase “Inclusive Eucharist”, given that all eucharistic celebrations are, of their very essence, inclusive. However, I am aware that there are sadly many places in the world where this is not yet the case. I hope that, in some small way, this celebration can be a part of changing that.”

The service is being organised by a group of inclusive UK Christian organisations, including the Campaign for Equal Marriage, Inclusive Church, OneBodyOneFaith, the Ozanne Foundation and Women and the Church (WATCH).  It will be held at a church in Canterbury on the eve of the main service for the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury Cathedral.  Due to an expected high demand, entrance will be by ticket only, however the service will also be live streamed.

Media Coverage

Lesbian priests to lead church service on eve of Anglican summit – Guardian, Mar 4th 2020

First married lesbian bishop to lead service ahead of global Anglican summit to protest ban on gay partners – Telegraph, Mar 4th 2020

Tutu and Glasspool to lead inclusive Eucharist during Lambeth Conference – Church of England Newspaper, Mar 4th 2020

The ‘two most famous married lesbian priests’ will stand defiant against haters on eve of historic Anglican summit – Pink News, Mar 4th 2020

Two married lesbian will defy hate with LGBT+ service on eve of vital bishops’ summit – Gay Star News, Mar 4th 2020

Tutu and Glasspool to lead inclusive Eucharist during Lambeth Conference – Church of England Newspaper, Mar 4th 2020

First married lesbian bishop to lead church service to protest ban on gay partners at Anglican summit – The Christian Post, Mar 5th 2020

‘Inclusive eucharist’ scheduled for eve of Lambeth Conference – Church Times, Mar 6th 2020

Married Lesbian Priest, Bishop Will Lead Worship Service to Protest Ban of LGBT Partners from Anglican Conference – Christian Headlines, Mar 6th 2020