Picture taken by Rev. Scott Gunn of Inclusive Church
Nigerian gay rights activist Davis Mac-Iyalla will be in the Chicago area, and as he is a practicing Anglican, he’ll be meeting with Bishop William Persell and appearing at several events held at Episcopal churches. He’ll also be interviewed on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio. The picture shows Mr Mac-Iyalla when he was an observer at the Anglican Communion Primates’ Meeting in Tanzania. Picture taken by Rev. Scott Gunn of Inclusive Church Here is his schedule while in the area:
June 1 – Chicago: GLN and other media interviews, 6pm June 2 – Media interviews; dinner with Bob Schwartz & Friends June 3 – June 4 – Luncheon, 8th Day Center for Justice, 205 W. Monroe, 12:30pm Interview: Chicago Public Radio, 848 E. Grand Ave, Navy Pier, 2pm All Saints, Chicago, hymns & panel with Seminary Dean Ruth Myers, 7:30pm June 5 – Trinity Church, Highland Park, IL, 7:30pm June 6 – +William Persell, Diocesan House, 65 E. Huron St., 2:15pm Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, Barry Memorial UMC, 7pm June 7 – June 8 – GLBT Community Forum, St. Peter’s, Chicago, 7pm
From The Daily Office
UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune had a prominent article a few days ago.
Many conservative Anglicans would agree with Nigerian lay minister Davis Mac-Iyalla that the summer of 2003 — when the Episcopal Church approved the first openly gay bishop — left a gaping hole and wrenching pain in their hearts. But not for the same reasons.
For Mac-Iyalla, that summer was when the Anglican Church of Nigeria, in which he was born, baptized and became faithful turned its back on him because he is gay.“God created me a gay man and put me in the womb of my mother. I was born into the church, baptized and sang in the choir,” Mac-Iyalla told parishioners Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Highland Park. “Now, the church rises against me when I speak who I am. The church is supposed to be a house of joy, a house of peace. It has become a place of fire.”