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Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision:

"We believe in inclusive Church - a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ."

Book Review: Trans Deus by Paul Van Der Spiegel

  In my ignorance, I sat down with ‘Transdeus’ ready (and hoping) to read a positive Christian argument on being trans - a mixture of autobiography, stories and theology. I hadn’t realised that Paul Van Der Spiegel’s book is a novel. But that isn’t to say that I didn’t get what I’d anticipated. The novel centres around the life, death and new life of Jessica Arkuss, the incarnation of God. It’s a new telling of the Jesus Read More »

Sexual Ethics and a New Type of Christian

  My name is Judith and I'm conducting some PhD research around how a new generation of Christians formulate their sexual ethics. I don’t just mean “young Christians” - I think that there is a new sort of Christian emerging, all across the world. These Christians can be found across denominations, in evangelical churches, liberal churches, middle of the road churches, high churches, low churches, charismatic churches and emerging Read More »

Inclusion and the Church of Tomorrow: Talk to the Swedish Church

  Thank you for inviting me to speak to your network of churches. My name is Ruth Wilde. I am the National Coordinator of the UK-based charity Inclusive Church, which works with churches on all areas of inclusion. I am speaking to you today from Birmingham in England and it’s really lovely to be with you, even if only virtually. I have fond memories of my time spent with members of the Swedish Church in Stockholm as part of an Inclusive Church visit in 2018. We have had a Read More »

Covid, Inclusion and the Countryside

  “I suppose the pleasure of country life lies really in the eternally renewed evidences of the determination to live. “ Vita Sackville-West “Paradoxically, city people are the ones who praise the charms of country life. Exhausted by the busy and noisy city, they idealize the green tranquillity of the country life, forgetting that besides its charming qualities, country life also brings Read More »

Ruth Wilde: talk to the Liberation Theology Conference 2020

  'With the pandemic heightening an already divided and unequal society, what lessons can people of faith learn to enable us to build a more inclusive church?' My friend Anna send me a text message back in May saying that her friend and fellow midwife had died. She was only 29 and Anna was devastated. Safaa Alam worked with Anna at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital and her death came just two weeks after the death of her father from the sa Read More »

On being diagnosed with ADHD aged 38

ADHD affects the prefrontal cortex. A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog for Inclusive Church about being an introvert. When I look back at it now, I realise that some of the things I described are likely not just to do with being introvert, but to do with my very recently diagnosed ADHD. More on that later. ADHD is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - the word ‘disord Read More »

Book Review: 'The City is My Monastery – A Contemporary Rule of Life’ by Richard Carter

  This most compelling book is about the evolution and identity of the Nazareth Community at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Rev Richard Carter serves as an NSM there, among immigrants, the desperate, homeless, and broken. It is lived experience and practice within fully inclusive communities. Filled with beautiful poetry, prayer, Lectio-Divina and autobiographical stories, it is balm for the soul.   Rooted in the unconditional, love, mercy and grace of Chr Read More »

Book Review: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

  Book Review: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown   Austin Channing Brown’s engaging and eminently readable book describes growing up, coming of age and how she developed her own capacities for survival as a Black Christian American woman.  Austin is currently a well-known media producer, author, workshop leader and speaker on racial justice in America. The rea Read More »