“For God everyone is equal. He always listens to the needs of his people. He is the Good Shepherd for all. There is only one flock and one shepherd. Hence, an exclusive wall that divides on the basis of gender and sexual diversities should be broken down. Church should be inclusive. All will be included in the final banquet. What God has created clean should not be considered as unclean,” as expressed by the President of NCCI, Rt. Rev. P. C. Singh, who is also the Deputy Moderator Bishop of the Church of North India and the Bishop of the dioceses of Jabalpur and Bhopal.
Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad, the General Secretary of NCCI, pointed out that the NCCI has been engaging with issues related to Human Sexuality since 2001. He stressed that there are no distinctions made of any kind in the Gospel. The NCCI has brought out guidelines for churches and are discussing this issue along with the theological colleges and churches.
Dr. P. Manorama, the Founder of Child Health Education Society, Chennai, who was the Chief Guest of the Consultation, expressed her happiness to discuss a sensitive issue like this. She narrated that she was behind the organizing of the first Beauty Contest conducted for transgenders in Tamilnadu in the 1990s, which was an eye opener for many. Sex talks about the biological aspect whereas gender is always related to social issues. Sexuality is affected by social, moral, religious, legal aspects. Diversity is a mix of ethnicity, gender, age, physical appearance, education etc. Inclusion is the state of being valued, respected and supported. It’s about focusing on the need of every individual and to help them to achieve their potentiality. Inclusion is creating an atmosphere to work together along with this mixed diversity.