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Andrew Rawding: ‘I was a lone voice when it came to LGBT+ issues in the Church’

Departing cleric tells of encounter with supposedly ‘homophobic’ vicar that changed his life

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Rev Andrew Rawding, at Brackaville Church of Ireland, Coalisland. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Rev Andrew Rawding, at Brackaville Church of Ireland, Coalisland. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Leaving: Andrew Rawding at Brackaville Church of Ireland in Coalisland, Co Tyrone

Leaving: Andrew Rawding at Brackaville Church of Ireland in Coalisland, Co Tyrone

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Rev Andrew Rawding, at Brackaville Church of Ireland, Coalisland. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

A minister who quit the Church of Ireland after accusing it of being “homophobic” has said he will continue to fight for LGBT+ rights in his new role as a social worker.

Andrew Rawding (51), who announced his resignation as rector of the Co Tyrone parishes of Brackaville, Donaghendry and Ballyclog on Sunday, told the Belfast Telegraph he felt he was “a lone voice, completely on my own and very isolated” because of his stance on gay issues.


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