Christian writer Symon Hill is attracting praise from all quarters after announcing he will undertake a ‘walk of repentance’ for his past expression of anti-gay sentiments.
Hill, the associate director of the Ekklesia think tank, will be walking from Birmingham to London next month. His walk will take 17 days and will end on 1st July, when he will join the march at London Pride. During the walk, Hill will be stopping off to give talks about homophobia at churches.
Former Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries, who now sits in the House of Lords, wrote in a message to Hill: “It is very good that you are undertaking this pilgrimage of repentance. I very much hope it will have a wide influence. Repentance in the original Greek word means changing one’s mind, and rethinking one’s whole outlook in the light of God’s saving presence in Christ. That is what the church needs to do today in relation to gay and lesbian people.”
Hill said in response to Harries’ message: “I have been deeply moved by the many messages of support I have received from a very wide variety of people. They include a man whose Christian parents won’t accept homosexuality, a gay Methodist minister who used to be homophobic, a straight Muslim and a bisexual teenager. I thank God for the courage these people have given me as the date of my pilgrimage approaches.”
Prominent gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has also been amongst those who have shown their support.