Upcoming conference: To Have and to Hold – the Theology of Marriage

Saturday, 27 September 2014, 10:30–16:00 at St John’s Waterloo


Queries: conferences@LGBTIanglican.org.uk.
Bookings: www.ToHaveAndToHoldTheTheologyOfMarriage.eventbrite.co.uk.

A one-day conference on the theology of marriage in the light of equal marriage

St John’s Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY
Saturday, 27 September 2014, 10:00–16.30 with:

Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter
Charlotte Methuen, University of Glasgow
Scot Peterson, Oxford University
Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

Hosted by the LGBTI Anglican Coalition

Recognising current unease in the Church of England over same-sex marriage, the conference will ask whether there is a theological basis for expanding the definition of marriage. If so, what might a theology of equal marriage include?

£25/£10 concessions including lunch

For further information: Flyer [PDF].

Living in prophetic hope (Changing Attitude workshop)

20140501-Poster17 May 2014, 10:30–16:00

Workshop: “Living in prophetic hope” Changing Attitude Greater London event
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London WC2N 4JJ

This workshop prays through and with the stories of individuals who have tapped into prophetic hope in the midst of homophobic oppression. It focuses on the story of the martyred Ugandan organizer David Kato, who, with his religious and secular friends, resisted the anti-gay witch-hunts in his own country; and it focuses on the stories of local panelists from Africa and Britain, who have fought for LGBTI and immigrant justice here in London. Through discussion, reflection, and prayer, we hope to discover the ways that God is stirring up prophetic hope in our own lives.

More information [PDF].

Taking a chance on God

2 November 2013, 10:30–17:00, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

A day long workshop for LGBTQ Christians and their friends.

How are we called to be disciples and leaders? What does our experience as LGBTQ Christians, or as straight friends, teach us about trust, faith, and spiritual growth?

This day long workshop in the heart of London at historic St. Martin-in-the-Fields offers fellowship, input, and space for those who feel called to deeper reflection, and for those who feel inspired to spirit-led action.

Press Release [PDF].

“Blessed are the Brave” 2013 Corrymeela conference

25–27 January 2013, Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

A retreat for LGB&T affirming faith leaders.

Many people of faith do not feel represented by the public voices who decry LGB&T lives, loves and stories. However, it can be difficult to find support and solidarity. The Corrymeela Community is delighted to invite you to this residential retreat weekend. It will be a time to learn from and deepen our commitment to LGB&T voices of faith.

Website: corrymeela.org. Email: retreats@corrymeela.org.

Invitation [PDF].

Making space for an honest conversation (keynote address)

Keynote address: “Making space for an honest conversation”, by Nick Holtam

“In British society, the game is up. Gay people are equal members of our society”, said Nick Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, to the 3rd Cutting Edge Consortium conference, 21 April 2012.

…”So, increasingly, there is an evangelical imperative for the Church to recognise that covenantal same sex relationships can be Godly and good for individuals and society; that they are at least like marriage for heterosexuals, and this is a development that many Christians in good faith warmly welcome. For LGBT people it raises a question about whether marriage is what they want, but for us as a Church there are things to affirm in this development.

It is a disaster that we have allowed the Church to be seen as the opposition to equal civil marriage”.

Full address [PDF].
Commentthe Daily Telegraph

LGBT lives: achieving our equality…

Cutting edge

3rd Cutting Edge Consortium conference:
LGBT lives: achieving our equality – challenging faith-based homophobia & transphobia.

The 3rd Faith & Belief, Homophobia, Transphobia & Human Rights Conference 2012 will take place on Saturday, 21 April 2012, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, 10:00–17:00.

Speakers will include Nick Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury; Aidan O’Neill QC from Matrix Chambers; and Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. Andrew Copson from the British Humanist Association; and Sarah Veale, Head of Equality at the TUC; Phyllis Opoku-Gymah PCS and Black PRIDE; and Jennifer Moses from NASUWT the education Union will also address the Conference.

Conference Leaflet [PDF].

Registration [CEC website], [email CEC] or CEC, PO Box 24632, London E9 6XF