2019 Conference – Extending the table

Our 2019 day conference exploring how to help our churches progress towards a ‘radical new Christian inclusion’ for LGBT+ people will be held on Saturday 5th October 2019 at De Montfort University in Leicester.

Our aim is to help churches to become more inclusive – as Oasis Foundation Open Church Charter says:

“any person regardless of sexuality or gender identity will find our local church to be a place of welcome, embrace, inclusion, affirmation and sanctuary.”


The programme is subject to change so check back here as we add speaker profiles, workshop information, and additional information


  • Luke Dowding, newly appointed Executive Director of OneBodyOneFaith – Welcome, hospitality and LGBT people seeking refuge and asylum
  • Dr Carol Shepherd, Research Fellow at the University of Winchester – We Need To Talk About Bi: The subject the Church and LGBT+ groups keep ignoring

Breakout groups (subject to change)

  • The Bible, welcome and hospitality
  • The Equality Act and religious exemptions
  • LGBT people seeking refuge and asylum
  • Bisexual Christian experiences
  • Supporting families with transgender relatives
  • Creating safe sacred spaces for LGBT+ Christians

The ticket price also includes lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments.

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