Liverpool Church Leaders issue joint statement on homophobic attacks

The Church Leaders in Liverpool have issued a joint statement on the recent homophobic attacks in the City.

The Church Leaders condemn this latest homophobic attack and extend their sympathies to the victims and their families.

We are concerned by the number of homophobic incidents on Merseyside. The Leaders of the churches in Liverpool believe that it is wrong for anyone in the community of which we are all part to be victimised, or threatened with victimisation, on account of their race, creed, colour or sexual orientation.

We affirm our commitment to work with others to build a community where all can have their place of belonging, feel welcome and live in safety. As Church leaders, we represent a rich variety of Christian traditions, with different perspectives on some issues, but we stand together in condemning the use of violence and other forms of intimidation against minority groups which are especially vulnerable.

The City of Liverpool has a long history of welcoming people of difference. In the past we have discovered, sometimes painfully, the importance of learning to live peacefully together.

This lesson we must never forget

Issued on behalf of the Presidents of Churches Together in the Merseyside region

Most Rev Patrick Kelly - Archbishop of Liverpool
Rt Rev James James - Bishop of Liverpool
Rev Phil Jump – NW Baptist Association Regional Minister
Rev James A Booth – Chairman of the Liverpool Methodist District
Rev Howard Sharp – Moderator of the URC Mersey Synod
Major Michael Heighton – Commander of the Salvation Army