Sermons & Addresses

Changing Attitude Ireland's archive of sermons and other addresses, with most recent texts appearing first. For an overview of all texts on one page, visit the Sermons & Addresses sitemap page.

Bishop Trevor William – Sermon for Pride 2023

I am impressed that 40 years after the first Pride March in Dublin in 1983, that members of the LGBTQ+ community are sharing their stories for all to read in Irish papers, and those stories today, command the honour and respect for who they represent and that yesterday’s March was something that could be celebrated by everyone. [Continue Reading]

Maria Jansson at the General Synod

For the first time since 2019, we had a presence at the Church of Ireland General Synod. We were delighted to welcome all those who attend our lunchtime fringe event where Maria Jansson delivered such an incredible talk by on the power of scapegoating in our society from the Shoah to current European movements of hate and why the churches are losing ground every minute they stay silent on the rights and inclusion of all minorities. [Continue Reading]

Chairperson’s Address 2023 at Changing Attitude Ireland’s AGM

Changing Attitude Ireland’s chair, Scott Golden, gave his final address before stepping down at the AGM on Saturday, 25 March 2023. “For groups such as ourselves to be successful in addressing these injustices we need the support of our members. We are only as strong as our membership base and only as active as we have members to help us in the work. I am therefore appealing to you to get involved, we have urgent need of people to assist with administration, website maintenance, fundraising and pastoral care. We desperately need committed committee members. If you can help, please let us know. If you know of a friend who would be interested in joining, put them in touch with us: our contact details are on our website and any of the executive committee will be delighted to hear from potential new members.” [Continue Reading]

An Evening With David Norris

David Norris is an Irish scholar, independent Senator, and gay and civil rights activist. He was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in Ireland and had been serving in Seanad Éireann since 1987. A founder of the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform, he is also a prominent member of the Church of Ireland. [Continue Reading]

IDAHOTB Address At St Anne’s Union Shandon for Cork LGBTI+ Awareness Week – Stephen Spillane, Sunday May 13th

Welcoming is so important to us all; to feel welcome in a place, no matter where it changes our experience of that place. A welcome means that we can truly invest all ourselves, our true selves in a place and not hide any of it. A welcoming place can make all the difference to someone, whether it is to share good news and good times or receive help and support in times of difficulty. It allows people to share their interests and talents fully, while in return experiencing love and support. [Continue Reading]

Bishop Trevor Williams Address at IDAHOT Service, St George’s Belfast. 20th May 2018

This is Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church, when something mysterious, profound and radical happened to Jesus disciples and Mary, Jesus mother, as they met together. Whatever the fiery tongues descending on each represents, these fearful disciples, who ran away and hid at Jesus crucifixion, were transformed into heroic advocates for Jesus and his message. [Continue Reading]

AGM Report – Equal Marriage in Scottish Church

How did the Scottish Episcopal Church do it? This was the question in the minds of those who gathered for the Changing Attitude Ireland AGM lecture by the Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow, the Very Revd Kelvin Holdsworth, in Dublin on Saturday 28th October. As a key member of Changing Attitude Scotland, Holdsworth has been at the heart of the campaign to permit its clergy to solemnise marriages in church regardless of the couple’s gender. [Continue Reading]

Jayne Ozanne “Good Disagreement” or Being Gay in the context of Christian belief Part 8

Good Disagreement Part 8: “Where does religion stop and cult begin?” In this edition of our nine part series of the CAI talk that ran on the fringe of the Church of Ireland General Synod 2016, where Jayne Ozanne, LGBT Christian campaigner asks this question as part of the discussion on the subject of the […]

Jayne Ozanne “Good Disagreement” or Being Gay in the context of Christian belief Part 5

Part 5 of ‘Good Disagreement’ the CAI talk that ran on the fringe of the Church of Ireland General Synod 2016, where Jayne Ozanne, LGBT Christian campaigner spoke on the topic of ‘Good Disagreement’. Centring around the subject of the inclusion of openly LGBT Christians in the Church and same-sex marriage, in the context of […]

“The Promise of Freedom”, IDAHOT Address by Katherine Zappone

“I am blessed to be in your presence today – the Spirit of the God who is Love moves within and through each of you and touches my heart on this day, the day we gather in communion with others throughout Ireland and the world to express our resistance to the fear of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.” [Continue Reading]