Norwich Octagon Chapel celebrating Pride Weekend
The Octagon Chapel in Norwich is celebrating Pride Weekend in the city with a series of events.
Gavin Howell, chair of the Octagon congregation, said: “We are celebrating Pride because we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We celebrate diversity and strive for a more loving, peaceful and just world.”
On July 26, at 7pm, We Do, celebrates Equal Marriage. Derek McAuley, chief officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, will speak on the fight to legalise same-sex marriages in the UK and – in particular – the Unitarians’ insistence that churches be permitted to perform wedding ceremonies for all.
Explaining why the Norwich congregation is celebrating Equal Marriage, Gavin said: “We believe in walking our talk and putting our beliefs into action. We welcome and celebrate all within our community. As a result, Unitarians from across the country, including members of the Octagon Unitarian Chapel, played an active role in lobbying members of parliament for a change in marriage law. To our great joy, this resulted in the Marriage Act 2013 which legalised same sex marriage in
England and Wales.’
On July 27 Miss Marcia D’Arc, a drag artist who is performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, will take the stage at 8pm to perform her ‘Songs of Smut and Sparkle’ within the soaring columns of the 18th-century meeting house.
On July 29, at 11am, the Rev Kate McKenna, a Unitarian minister originally from Norwich, will preach on ‘Pride’. All are welcome to the service and refreshments will be served afterward.
Pictured above is Derek McAuley, chief officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches.