on 25 September 2001
I found this a really practical and helpful read. There are many churches which see themselves as 'open to everyone', but still find it difficult to know how to move from theory to 'open practice' when it comes to blessing same-sex unions. It's probably more of a plunge outside the big cities - so this a really useful contribution to the debate, and shows that we don't all have to agree about everything to get on.
on 26 October 2002
Jeffrey Heskins and the people in his Parish have made an invaluable contibution to the discussion on homosexuality and the church, what it means to be blessed and the ideals of marriage. Whether you are gay or straight, in or out of the church, this book will make you think. It's easy to read and listens to the voices of ordinary people.
St Luke's in Charlton, SE London has for more than 20 years offered a service of blessing to gay and lesbian couples. This book tells the story of how that has been understood both by the people receiving the blessing and members of the church. It is well written and often moving.