Q&A from the MOSAIC in the North Conference

Although we managed to answer some questions during the conference, our apologies that we did not have time to answer them all – please see below further answers to your questions.. 

If anyone would like to become a convenor or join with an existing convenor please do get in touch. At the present time we are still looking for convenors in Newcastle, Sodor & Man, Peterborough, Derby and Lichfield. 

Thank you also for your encouraging and positive comments which were very much appreciated by us all.

Yours in Christ

Mosaic Steering Group

How will Mosaic work in tandem with IC? 

We work closely with Inclusive Church. One of our patrons is the Chair of Inclusive Church and we actively encourage people to support the organisation. 

When will bishops who support full inclusion of LGBT+ people stand up and say so? 

We cannot speak on behalf of the Bishops. However, we believe that working constructively with the Bishops of the Church of England and other stake holders is the way forward.

Is there a Mosaic group in the Midlands? 

At present we have convenors in Southall& Nottingham, Birmingham, Worcester and Leicester.

 Can we have Tim Goode’s words?  

Yes you can find it on the website here.

Can we have a transcript of ABY and Tim’s speech? 

The Archbishop did not use notes, but he will in the future be writing about the theology of diversity and he will share those thoughts with Mosaic

Is there a FB group? 

Yes we are thankful to those on the call who offered. 

If another organisation wanted to support and contribute to the work of Mosaic who should they speak to? 

Please get in touch with our co-chairs Trevor Wyatt and Tim Goode.

Would it be possible to share the signed blessing? 

Yes, here it is.

Are there people within Mosaic who would be interested in joining specific calls for action to campaign for change? 

Yes please get in touch with the co-chairs (above)

Does Mosaic have a ‘to do’ list for campaigners, as well as well intentioned conversations?  

Our current ‘to do’ list is to find a convenor for every diocese and to work with Nic Tall and IC to support candidates for GS. At our next meeting we will be looking at ‘next steps’ following the national conference in June.

The conference seems clergy heavy/ Is it possible to see more lay leads involved? 

We agree with you. This is a priority for us and we have worked hard to rectify this with limited progress. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please do get in touch. It is also on our agenda for the next Steering Group meeting.

A sign post to the current convenors please? 

You can find the full list of contacts in each diocese here.

If you are in the northern province, here are the direct links:

NewcastleCarlisleDurhamSodor & ManLeedsYorkBlackburnLiverpoolManchesterSheffieldChester, and Southwell & Nottingham.

Where has graciousness got us? (Answered by Rev Tim Goode)

 It has got us our theology of inclusion. It has given us a theology that guides us to fully and selflessly serve the other. It has offered us a lens through which we are able to discern the God given image of the other. It is through grace that we can discern that love goes beyond, that love is generous, that love is selfless, that love is vulnerable, that love is costly but ultimately the only way to live if we wish to see God’s ‘will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ 

If the question is implying that graciousness should have got us somewhere, that it should be seen as a means to an end – a strategy so to speak, then we are going to be very disappointed. Grace is never self-serving – it can only be self-giving and self-emptying. It is a way of life.

Can Mosaic help us to think about what are/if there are limits to inclusivity? (Answered by Rev Tim Goode) 

For God, no, there are no limits to inclusivity. There are no limits to God’s desire to be in flourishing and life-giving relationship with each and everyone of us. Inclusivity must be seen in terms of relationship. At Mosaic we wish to include; we wish to be in relationship; we wish for all God’s people to know that they are loved, valued and precious in God’s eyes. Our response to being recipients of God’s overwhelming and immeasurable love is to love our enemies as our selves. So, the start of this therefore is to not just acknowledge that we are loved but for our very sense of self to be open to the utterly transforming knowledge and experience of that love. As it states in psalm 139 v.14 ‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made’. Because I know that I am loved, valued and precious in God’s eyes, all I can do is worship. All our worship therefore is in response to the fact that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’.

For us as human beings – we seek therefore to mirror God’s love, God’s generosity and God’s overwhelming hospitality. But ultimately the nature of relationship is that the other has the agency to not respond in kind. We then have to be aware of and monitor the safety of the relationship and reflect on our capacity to hold the ensuing tension. That will be a personal choice though not necessarily a unchangeable one, for we will be continuingly changing in and through being recipients of God’s love. It is why Mosaic states that ‘we seek safe and undefended conversations rooted and held in mutual respect and dignity’. Stepping back from a conversation because the conversation is not safe or healthy does not stop you loving the person you wished to be in relationship with or desiring to restart the conversation once it felt safe and healthy to do so. 

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