The next Open Table Manchester service will take place at Manchester Cathedral for the first time on this coming Sunday, 29 September.
Open Table Manchester is an ecumenical Christian worship community which offers a warm welcome to people identify as LGBTIQIA+ and all who seek an inclusive Church. Launched in the Diocese of Liverpool in 2008, Open Table aims to create a safe sacred and sacramental space where all people can ‘come as you are’.
The Dean of Manchester, The Very Reverend Rogers Govender MBE, said:
“I am overjoyed that we will welcome Open Table Manchester to the Cathedral this Autumn. We continue to be proud of our part supporting the full inclusion of LGBTIQA+ people in wider society and the Church. Open Table communities across Manchester and the wider region make a significant contribution to our common life, creating spaces of holiness and safety. It is an honour to welcome Open Table to Manchester’s cathedral.
Nicholas Campbell, Convenor, Open Table Manchester, said:
“Open Table, which started in the North West, now has communities across the UK. In Manchester, we have two Open Table groups and it is a real delight to be joining together at Manchester Cathedral. More and more people are finding Open Table a safe space to explore their place within the Church, particularly those who identify as LGBTIQA+, for whom more traditional forms of Church have not always offered the welcome they might have. Please do come along!”
The service is at 7pm on Sunday 29 September at Manchester Cathedral and will be led by the Rev’d Canon Dr Rachel Mann, Vicar of St Nicholas, Burnage.