Bishop receives LGF award

Publish Date: 03/12/2012

Over the last ten years The Bishop of Manchester, The Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch has been working to enable a greater understanding of diverse sexual orientation.

Bishop Nigel has spoken many times about the need to remember that absolutely everyone is worthy of God’s love and that we are all made in God’s image. He has paid tribute to the many lesbian,gay,bisexual and trans people and organisations that campaign for inclusion, and has ensured that everyone, particularly LGB&T communities, are welcomed in Manchester Cathedral, and many other churches in his diocese.

Having first set up a working group to look at matters of diverse sexual orientation almost a decade ago, Bishop Nigel went on to enable the development of a bi-annual service in Manchester Cathedral for Manchester’s LGB&T communities which has been taking place since 2008.

At the most recent service in October 2012, Bishop Nigel  spoke of God’s recognition, after creating Adam, of Adam’s need for companionship and the benefits that companionship brings with the needs of most human beings, including gay people.

The Bishop has also spoken out against homophobia within society and in support of people who are struggling to come to terms with their own sexual orientation or are worried for friends or loved ones who endure incredible hardships because of hate crime attacks, fear, prejudice, ignorance and rejection.

During his ten year episcopacy in Manchester, Bishop Nigel has been active in supporting many initiatives which have enabled a better understanding of sexual and gender diversity, supporting organisations that campaign for inclusion and against homophobia,biphobia and transphobia.

On his forthcoming retirement in January 2013, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation would like to give thanks to Bishop Nigel for his support, encouragement and guidance and we hope that the ground-breaking work he has carried out will inspire those who wish to further advance communities working in the areas of faith and sexual orientation for the benefit of all in the future.

The See of Bishop of Manchester will fall vacant on 18th January 2013.The Crown Nominations Commission will then meet in March-April 2013 to consider candidates for the next Bishop.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation hope that Bishop Nigel’s successor will be inspired to continue his work in the area of faith and sexual orientation and to ensure that this happens the charity is asking for those interested to comment on the diverse needs of Manchester Diocese by writing to:

Caroline Boddington

Archbishops Secretary for Appointments

The Wash House

Lambeth Palace

London

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Sir Paul Britton

Prime Minister’s Secretary for Appointments

C/o Honours & Appointments Secretariat

Admiralty Arch

The Mall

London

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