- Christians in Jozi and surrounds have been urged to join the Johannesburg Pride march
- Graeme Codrington called on Christians to show support to the LGBTIQ+ community members during the march
- The aim is to apologise and to show love to anyone who may have felt rejected or mistreated by the church
Christians living in Johannesburg and surrounds have been urged to take to Jozi's streets, where they will wait along the Pride march route on Saturday "holding banners and signs of support" for the LGBTIQ+ community.
Graeme Codrington, a theologian, took to social media to call on Christians to join the Pride march.
Codrington and his wife initiated what they call the “love protest”. In his Facebook post, Graeme said:
"My wife and I will be wearing “Free Dad/Mom hugs” t-shirts. Make your own poster or use one of the ones we’re having printed. We’re saying things like:
"God loves you just as you are.
"God made you who you are.
"God loves you and so do we."
"We are Christians. And we are sorry for the way the church has treated you. We love you."
His call has been met with enthusiasm from the community:
Hester Van Otterlo Vaughan wrote:
"Whoohoo! Thank you for doing this!"
Theo Coggin said:
"I have lived, worked and cried in the church all my life. Many has been the occasion when it and its people have done good things, not least in the battle against apartheid. This, however, is the best local action on a contemporary issue that so many Christians just can't fathom. For the truth is God is love. We sing it, we pray it, we proclaim it, but generally we don't get it. This is a wonderful manifestation of "getting it": God is love."
Richard Warren-Tangney also wrote:
"Now THAT’s what I call an ally ️❤️"
They will gather from 2pm on the corner of West and Maude, near the Garden Court Hotel. At about 3:30pm, the crowd will move to the intersection of Rivonia and West at the Gautrain station.
There are options for safe parking nearby at Sandton City, the Gautrain station or in the complex on the corner of 5th and Alice Streets.
For more info on the day or the initiative, contact Jane on 082 758 7577 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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