Archbishop of Wales ‘delighted’ to be attending gay Christian carol service

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The South Wales Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) say they are thrilled that the Archbishop of Wales will be a guest of honour for their annual Christmas carol service.

Dr Barry Morgan said he was “delighted” to support the fundraiser, adding: “Christmas is a time when we remember that God made all people in his own image and loves us all.

“Christ was born in a stable to parents who were refugees and he spent his life with those on the fringes of society or who were victimised because of what they were, and challenging those in authority. I think this is still a relevant message for today.”

The event is taking place on Saturday 7 December at the Cardiff City URC in Windsor Place from 7pm.

Janet Jeffries, spokesperson for LGCM, said: “We are very honoured that the Archbishop has agreed to attend our Christmas carols at what must be a very busy time of year for him.

“We very much appreciate the support he has shown to the lesbian and gay community, both at this event and by opening the Cardiff Mardi Gras earlier this year.”

In this summer’s message of support for Cardiff Mardi Gras, Dr Morgan admitted that the Anglican Church had not always treated LGBT people “with the respect they deserve.” 

He said: “Sadly the Church has not always treated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with the respect they deserve, as people are made in the image of God.”

Days before, Dr Morgan’s English counterpart, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said that his stance against same-sex marriage could have been seen as “wicked”.