Changes at Courage
by Jeremy Marks
Celebrating 25 years of Courage
On Saturday 15th September 2012 we will be holding a special service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for 25 years of Courage in London (see the flier here on the Home Page).
This event will mark the end of the Courage ministry as it currently operates. In practice, this means that my role in organising regular meetings, retreats etc. (except for our mid-monthly Bible study which will continue for the time being) will finish. However, I shall still retain a small Guildford-based office where I will be available to offer people a listening ear by phone, e-mail, Skype or one-to-one meetings—for consultations, spiritual direction and whatever support enquirers may need. I shall also continue to be available for speaking engagements and to help churches/individuals with Courage-related pastoral issues.
All the same contact details will remain here for the foreseeable future.
The really exciting news is that regular meetings and future events will be organised by a new ministry called the “Two:23 Network”, which has been set up by a number of long-standing Courage members who are determined to take the work further into the 21st Century with a new vision and a new way of operating. I am so excited by this initiative, which has my full support. I shall be backing the new work by providing ongoing pastoral care, behind the scenes (which the Two:23 organisers won’t have the capacity to take on, initially).
For those who wish to keep in touch with me personally and follow what I am doing, there is a new “Post-Courage Blog” (see www.jeremymarks.me.uk ) and a new contact e-mail address email@example.com. This may replace the present Courage website eventually, although the existing site will remain here for a long time to come, so that the rich resources will still be available.
Here is an introduction to the Two:23 Network from its members, with essential links for further contact:
Two:23 Network www.two23.net
Last year, Jeremy Marks (Courage) drew a number of individuals together, many of whom have been involved with Courage in the past, with the express purpose of talking and praying about a possible new ministry. This process has now led to the development of Two:23. This is a network of Christians connected by LGBT issues. Please go to the website www.two23.net for more information. We would love you to be involved, so please do register your interest on the website and e-mail your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The name Two:23 references a verse from the prophet Hosea, who uses his own life as an allegory for God’s promise to the outsider, the excluded, to those who don’t comfortably fit in … ‘I will say to those called ‘Not my people’, ‘You are my people’; and they will say ‘You are my God’. Hosea 2:23
The launch meeting is in London on Saturday 24th November at St Mary Aldermary Church, Watling Street EC4M 9BW (near Mansion House tube); 2pm for a 2.23 start.
All are welcome, so please put this date in your diary.
Jeremy Marks, August 2012
What is Courage?
Courage UK is not the Catholic ministry promoting chastity founded by Father John Harvey (based in New York, with other branches worldwide). If you are looking for that organisation, please go to www.couragerc.net. The UK branch of CourageRC (known as EnCourage) can be found at www.encouragetrust.org.uk.
Who is it for?
Our focus is:
And our objectives are:
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.’
John 16:12 and 13a