LGBTQ+ campaigners raise concerns about New Life Church

The organiser of the Shetland Pride festival will meet with council leaders to raise concerns about the New Life Church’s alleged stance on homosexuality this morning (Wednesday).

Kerrie Meyer and fellow campaigner Peter Hamilton are to express serious concerns about the church and its involvement with the SIC at a meeting with political leader Emma Macdonald and convener Andrea Manson at the Lerwick Town Hall.

They say the New Life Church takes its stance on homosexuality from the US Pentecostal church Assemblies of God, which allegedly believes homosexual sex is shameful and sinful.

New Life Church is an Assemblies of God-registered church in the UK.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Hamilton said they were worried the involvements between the church and the SIC appeared to be “considerable”.

And Ms Meyer said she felt “distinctly uncomfortable” that “bigoted ideology” was being welcomed.

“It worries me this church’s anti-LGBTQ teaching could influence the children and young people they seek to involve in their activities to develop homophobic and transphobic views,” she said.

Church pastor John Rollo was recently admitted to the education and families committee as a religious representative – but only after some deliberation.

Councillor Stephen Leask had said he wanted to be able to quiz prospective representatives on their stance on issues such as gay marriage.

The church is in the process of attempting to take on the former science block at the old Anderson High School, to be used as a place of worship.

A planning application for that project was deferred last week – despite council planners recommending it be approved.

The New Life Church has been approached for comment.


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  • Jason Brown

    • December 7th, 2022 8:40

    Like many other bible litralists, eg. Jehovah Witnesses who have thier own bible approach, Christianity has branched out many tines into different groups. Their approach to what it is to being born homosexual is of course ignorant and fundamentally unchristian. The exclusivity and criteria of these “churches” is insidiously destructive and blinkered to modern biological understandings. The misery of non acceptance these “churches” bring to the humanity table is well known. They are bad news. Love and loving attitudes are missing here. Unless you have the cult criteria to joining in worship. No exclusive clubs for me. I know God loves me as god knows i love all and embrase all.

    • Gary Clarke

      • December 9th, 2022 14:05

      I don’t have your faith.

      If it was truly one world we had no say in, we would all fly under a United flag ! 😀

  • Gary Clarke

    • December 9th, 2022 14:03

    I just wrote this in a reply to an article.

    Here we go again. I detest all religion. Why? The bigotry, the hatred, the fact that GOD is a figment of the human mind and so and so forth.

    Patriotism of any kind is brainwashing.

    Gay Gaz


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