in London and the South-East
We are a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, queer and intersex Unitarians.
We are of various ages and origins. We focus primarily on the London and South East District of the Unitarian movement,
as this is where we all live, but our events are open to LGBTQI Unitarians from everywhere.
We are a self-organising group, supported by the London and South-East District Unitarians.
Rainbow had its official launch service on Saturday 15th October.
Held at New Unity church in Islington, thanks to the ongoing support of Rev Andy Pakula, the service was given by
Rev Ant Howe, Minister at Kingswood Chapel and Warwick. During a lively evening, participants heard a touching
and funny address given by Rev Howe - 'I Learned it from the Women's League' - in which he ably set out why
LGBTQI Unitarians may find it useful to come together as a group, even in a usually liberal and diversity-friendly
movement such as ours. Musical accompaniment was ably provided by Caroline Seredinsky at the piano, and participants
were in VERY good voice. It was even suggested that a Unitarian Gay Male Voice Choir might be convened in the future.
It was wonderful to meet new friends at the service, and to receive the ongoing support of Rev Linda Hart, Rev Feargus
O'Connor and Rev Sarah Tinker, all of whom have helped contribute to Rainbow's successful first few months.
We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Rev Howe for his generous donation of time and energy,
and also to acknowledge the support we have had from Derek McAuley, James Barry and, of course, District
Minister Rev David Usher.
Next year, Rainbow will be travelling round the District, visiting a range of congregations to join them for
worship before organising discussion groups and speakers on suitable topics. The schedule is still being confirmed,
but we aim to get to all compass points of the LDPA (London Unitarian District).
Drawing inspiration from Evita, let's hope the Rainbow Tour
is an incredible success!