Extending The Table: Day Conference

This day is for our members and supporters to explore together what it means to identify as trans, intersex, non-binary or gender queer. What do these identities mean for each of us, for our churches and faith communities and for our relationships with one another?

  • how do these experiences help us speak of God?
  • how have our understandings changed over time…
  • …or for different individuals with different stories?
  • how do we need to change our thinking, speaking and behaviour – as individuals and faith communities?
  • how can we be helped and enabled to do that together?
  • …and if we want to extend the table, whose table is it anyway?

We’re delighted that we’ll be joined by Dr Susannah Cornwall, Rachel Mann, Tina Beardsley, Kenneth Wilkinson, Sara Gillingham, Chris Dowd and Neil Mackin – and we’ll be announcing the full programme and workshops at the end of July. The day will focus on experience and reflection, as well as some academic perspectives, and some fun particpatory sessions, and we’ll have resources on offer if you do want to go deeper. It’s for anyone who wants to explore and reflect – wherever they are on their journey.

It’s for you, for your church community, for your workplace if you engage with people in the broadest sense and want to understand and engage with the ‘life in all its fullness’ which lies at the heart of the Christian promise.

Registration includes lunch provided by HOME – Emmanuel’s wonderful social enterprise cofffee shop, and resources. Day delegate rate is £42 but we’re offering an Early Bird rate of £35 before 1 August (both of these are subject to an online booking fee.) If you’re under 30 or training in ministry then we have a number of tickets for £20 (subject to an online booking fee.)

We are delighted and grateful that the cost of the day is signficantly subidised by one of our supporters.

It promises to be a great day – but we’re relying on your involvement to bring the conversation to life – we’re looking forward to seeing you there!


What’s the refund policy?

We need to be able to plan for a sucessful day, so knowing our level of income from registration fees is important to us. We’re able to make refunds as follows:

  • tickets purchased by 1 August are eligible for a refund, less a £10 admin fee.
  • tickets purchased by 1 September are eligible for a 50% refund
  • tickets purchased in the 2 weeks prior to the event are not eligible for a refund.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Of course – the easiest way to get hold of us is by emailing us, and we’ll try and help with any specific requirements, particularly around access.

Faith and LGBT: Building Bridges in a Polarised World

‘Faith and LGBT: building bridges in a polarised world’ – Ruth Hunt to deliver IC lecture

Chief Executive of Stonewall, Ruth Hunt

Ruth Hunt of Stonewall will deliver this year’s Inclusive Church annual lecture. It will be entitled ‘Faith and LGBT: building bridges in a polarised world’ and will take place on Wed 25th July at 6.45pm at Leicester Cathedral (doors open at 6.15pm). Free tickets (donations only) are available here. Make sure you book yours soon!

If you’re interested in listening to previous annual lectures, you can find them on our website here. Also, if you would like to print out flyers and share them with your church, you can download them here.

Greenbelt 2018 Acts Of The Imagination

Greenbelt is a festival where faith, arts and social justice come together in a beautiful space, deep in the countryside. For may years it’s been a special place for LGBT people –  a place where we can be ourselves, where our lives, stories and gifts are affirmed and celebrated, where we can make sense, make connections, be refreshed, challenged and restored. If you’re trying to make sense of life, wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith and identity, find your place at Greenbelt.

Understanding Transgender youthwork training

Understanding Transgender youthwork training

A one-day training course for youth workers and church leaders
Training delivered by professional and experienced youth workers and people who identify as trans or with trans heritage
Wednesday 6th June or Saturday 8th September
Waterloo, Central London

When it comes to gender the questions that today’s young people are asking – and the situations they are encountering – are almost entirely distinct from those faced by previous generations.
Not only have paradigms of gender radically shifted, but an increasing number of young people might now identify as transgender, gender non-binary or gender fluid – terms that might be daunting and unfamiliar to many youth workers and church leaders.
But despite the rapidly changing landscape, the need for church-based youth work to be inclusive, embracing and relevant has never been greater.
Join us for a one-day training session in central London exploring how best to understand, support and include transgender young people.
Book a place for Wednesday 6th June
Book a place for Saturday 8th of September
The course will cover:

Understanding young people’s worldview and metanarratives
A theology of transgender and liberation
How to work inclusively and with equality
Getting to grips with transgender and LGBTQQIAAP
Understanding young people’s learning and development – social, biological and theological
Adolescents and social construction
Practical ways of working with transgender young people

The course will take place on  Wednesday 6th June – 10am – 4pm.  The same course will also take place on Saturday 8th of September.
Both will take place at the Oasis Centre 1a Kennington Road, London SE1 7QP near Waterloo station (joining instructions will be sent prior to the event)
The course costs £85 and includes lunch.
Book a place for Wednesday 6th June
Book a place for Saturday 8th of September
Speakers and trainers
Toby Draper –  Toby is both a trans man and a Christian. He has been newly elected as the LGBT+ officer at the London School of Economics, where he studies Anthropology. He is a founding member of the Queer Christian Collective and London Hub leader of Diverse Church, both of which are online support spaces for LGBT+ Christians. Toby also sits on the board of Christians at Pride and has been conducting research looking at the intersection of Christian and Queer identities over the past year.
Rev Steve Chalke MBE – Steve is a youth worker, church leader, well-known Christian speaker and broadcaster.  In 1985, he founded Oasis which today works with thousands of young people and their families around the world.  Steve has extensively researched and published theology around LGBT inclusion and is the leader of Oasis Church Waterloo in central London, which provides LGBT outreach to LGBT people.
In 2004, Steve founded Oasis Community Learning which today runs 49 primary and secondary Academies across the UK, responsible for the education of 25,000 young people.
Rev Gemma Dunning* – Gemma is a youthworker & Baptist Minister based in London. With undergraduate and postgrad studies that focus in Applied Theology and a JNC in Youth Work. Passionate about inclusion, Gemma is a trustee of Affirm (a UK network of Baptist Christians working together for LGBT+ inclusion), a member of the Council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain & is a Community Activist within Frontier Youth Trust. Her published work on ministering to LGBTQ youth includes The Youth Cartels ‘4 Views on Ministering to LGBTQ Teenagers’ & Spring Harvests ‘Big Issues’.
Dr. David Bailey, DTh Min, MA, FHEA – David is Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology at Oasis College and Oasis’ Theology and Training specialist.  He has 18 years’ experience of working with young people in the voluntary sector, an MA in Youth Ministry and Theological Education (Kings College London) and a research Doctorate in Theology and Ministry (also from Kings College). His research interests are the interplay and dialogue between Trinitarian theology, missiology and youth ministry practice. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, publishes regularly, and is a contributor and speaker at academic conferences. David is Associate Editor for the Journal of Youth and Theology, published by Brill.
More speakers and trainers to be announced.
Throughout both days, training will be delivered by professional and experienced youth workers and people who identify as trans or with trans heritage
Back to the Gender Conversation
*Gemma will only be present at the June session

Affirm: Launch Service

A very special date for your diaries: 

Affirm is delighted to invite you to our gathering in October where we will be reflecting on our journey so far, and looking forward to the task ahead of us. We are delighted that Jamie Fletcher (A Queer, Trans, Non-Binary, Christian, Artist and Activist based in Leeds; she works freelance as a theatre and film director and musician, as well as having co-founded Queer Church Leeds) will be joining us to offer a keynote speech. We will be sharing in worship and communion with one another, as well as the chance to enjoy fellowship before and after the event. 

All are welcome to this event, there is no requirement to register and there is no fee. There will be an opportunity to make a gift towards the expenses of the day.

We would appreciate an e-mail if you are planning to come, please let us know how many people may be coming along with you, this will give us some idea of numbers. If you would rather just attend on the day that’s fine too, we respect your privacy.

Inclusive Church AGM & Annual Lecture 2018

Inclusive Church AGM & Annual Lecture 2018

Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall
Inclusive Church are really delighted that the CEO of Stonewall, Ruth Hunt, has agreed to come and speak to us at our Annual Lecture and AGM, which will take place on the 25th July at 6.45pm at Leicester Cathedral. Doors open at 6.15pm with light refreshments.
Ruth is a practicing Catholic as well as head of the largest LGBT campaigning organisation in the country, and has spoken at Greenbelt before. She will be an excellent speaker and we can’t wait to hear what she has to say on faith and inclusion.