Jeannine Gramick (USA) and Ruth Hunt (UK)

Jeannine Gramick (USA) and Ruth Hunt (UK) 2018-07-08T10:32:50+00:00

Project Description

Jeannine Gramick is a Sister of Loretto. She taught mathematics before engaging in pastoral outreach, education, and advocacy for LGBT Catholics. In 1977, she co-founded New Ways Ministry, a US organisation working for justice and reconciliation of LGBT people and the Catholic Church. 

Most people look at sexuality when we talk about church teachings on LGBT issues, and I say what about church teachings on LGBT people with regard to the social teachings of the Church, which rest upon the dignity of the human person? I gain my strength from the Gospel, from my prayer life, from the voice of God coming to me through people, and I hold on to and want to proclaim the social teachings of the Church.

Ruth Hunt is the Chief Executive of Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGBT charity. She was named as one of the ten most influential lay Catholics in Britain in The Tablet. She holds an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Keele. 

Becoming CEO of Stonewall changed the way I talked about my faith. Without sounding too grand, I almost had a kind of “here I am Lord” moment. It was my duty to learn how to speak well about faith, and the complexity within that, and how it reconciles with sexuality. I found myself quite isolated, but I very much considered it the right thing to do. 

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