100 Revs is a movement that sprang up from Imagine’s ministry here in Surry Hills, where the population is 30% gay, and has the highest proportion of HIV/AIDS sufferers in Australia. Many of these people have been alienated from God and the church because of their sexuality. The “Revs” were a group of Christian ministers who marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in order to make the following statement:
“As ministers of various churches and denominations we recognise that the churches we belong to, and the church in general, have not been places of welcome for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people. Indeed the church has often been profoundly unloving toward the GLBT community. For these things we apologise, whatever the distinctives of our Christian position on human sexuality – to which we remain committed. We are deeply sorry and ask for the forgiveness of the GLBT community. We long that the church would be a place of welcome for all people and commit ourselves to pursuing this goal.
- We ARE a group of Christian ministers who voluntarily and individually bring this apology.
- We ARE NOT official representatives of our churches or denominations.
- We ARE NOT making a statement on the biblical position on gay and lesbian relationships.
- We ARE recognising the lack of hospitality, care and welcome that the churches have offered the gay and lesbian community.”