Uniting Church minister to attend Marriage Equality forum
UNITING Church Minister Suzy Sitton says the faith looks at people's spirituality and their relationship with God, not their sexual preferences.
The new minister of the church's Yeppoon faction is set to appear on tomorrow's Marriage Equality forum at CQUniversity alongside Keppel MP Brittany Lauga, HOT FM presenter Ben Norris and LGBTI support group PFLAG's national spokesman Shelley Argent.
Ms Sitton has been the minister at the church since January.
Though she said the church had not come to a decision on the matter of same-sex marriage, she was looking forward to her participation on the panel.
"I will be there representing the Uniting Church, and there will be varying views on particular aspects that come up in society, but the great thing about our Christian community is that we are a loving community that will listen to other voices," she said.
"It's a topic that hasn't fully been developed by the church yet. But it's not about debating or judging, it's about listening."
Ms Sitton's involvement in the panel comes after the sad loss of Uniting Church member and PFLAG CQ president Ann Bell earlier this year.
The minister said Ann's involvement with the cause, and with God was what sparked her interest in the panel.
"I thought oh well, you've just got to do this," she said.
"What we are is very welcoming. We will not be judging people... I think it's one of those issues for society. Do we want to be a society that is loving and accepting and open or are we going to hide in the dark? Having a forum like this allows us to come out of those hiding spaces."
Ms Sitton said the church would always be about comfort, acceptance and safety.
"Everyone deserves to be safe and accepted. Safety is a basic need and if you don't feel safe in a place then you're going to move away," she said.
The Equality Forum is a place for open discussion and for the public to ask questions of the panel.
It is a free public event.
WHERE: Building 32, Room G18, CQUniversity, North Rockhampton.
WHEN: Tomorrow, 5pm to 7.30pm