This conference will be hosted by David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s, and features a strong line up of academics and leading LGBTI voices. It’s aim is to help equip people with “the most up to date facts” on sexuality and gender issues, and try to dispel a lot of the “fake news” that has surrounded this area. We hope it will be of interest to all, especially those who are keen to share how much the scientific and medical professions now know about what it is to be human, and that we are not just “binary beings”.
Whilst tickets cost £20, we don’t want the entry price to be a barrier to anyone and encourage people to get in touch directly with us if they require a cheaper rate.
In case it’s of interest, both Prof Robert Song and Dean David Ison have written articles about why they think this conference is important – which can be read www.bit.ly/DavidIsonConference and www.bit.ly/RobertSongConference
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’ – 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 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.
Speaker: Jo Dolby (ex Bristol Baptist College)
Speaker: Rev Jefrey John