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.

Book for Gathering Voices 2019 on Eventbrite!

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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