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Ivor Caplin, to speak at The Village MCC

Besi Besemar July 4, 2018

Ivor Caplin will be the guest speaker at The Village Metropolitan Community Church on July 29.

CAPLIN was MP for Hove between 1997-2005, during which time he served in the Labour Government as a PPS, FCO whip, and Minister for veterans at the Ministry of Defence. He was also the first Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on English Language Teaching.

Ivor is actively involved in the Brighton & Hove Jewish community and was recently appointment as National Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement.

Rev Michael Hydes
Rev Michael Hydes

Rev. Michael Hydes, senior pastor at The Village MCC, said: “I am thrilled that the right honourable Ivor Caplin will be joining us on July 29 to begin our Pride celebrations this year.  Like myself, he is a regular guest on Queersay on Latest TV and will be bringing his unique perspective on PRIDE, both as an out and proud gay Jewish man, and as a parliamentarian.”

The Village MCC Brighton and Hove is a church that was created by LGBT+ Christians, their families, friends, and allies. It’s an MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) called to support the LGBT+ communities in whatever ways it can.

The Village MCC Brighton and Hove offers a safe space where anyone can feel at home, fully affirmed in their sexuality and gender identity.

Church members are active in the larger community, offering emergency aid and support to the homeless and vulnerably housed. Their minister, Rev. Michael, offers spiritual direction and pastoral care. They worship together every Sunday evening at Somerset House Day Centre, 62 St James’s St, Brighton at 6 pm.