enCourage: Real support for homosexual Catholics
Blogged by James Preece on 31st March 2011
enCourage is a spiritual support group for homosexuals wishing to live according to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The Five Goals of EnCOURAGE
1 - Live chaste lives in accordance with the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality. (Chastity)
2 - Dedicate ones life to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. (Prayer and Dedication)
3 - Foster a spirit of fellowship in which all may share thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone. (Fellowship)
4 - Be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life and in doing so provide encouragement to one another in forming and sustaining them. (Support)
5 - Live lives that may serve as good examples to others. (Good Example/Role Model)
enCourage meetings are back on in the London area for enCourage members (and those interested) who live in the south of England. enCourage don't make the location of their meetings public so if you want to go along send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ideally including a contact number so they can get back to you.
You are even more encouraged to attend if your practice and/or lifestyle are a million miles away from the five goals listed above. enCourage is much more a hospital for sinners than a hotel for saints.
Find out more at the enCourage Trust website.