2022 Conference: Embracing diversity – exploring the intersection of faith, LGBTQIA+, and ethnicity.

We are currently planning our 2022 conference which will be an online event once again.

Saturday 15 October 2022 between 2pm and 5pm (UK time)

Zoom bookings will open on 3rd September 2022
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Our theme this year is about embracing the intersection of faith, LGBTQIA+, and ethinicity

We will be addressing some key questions:

  • What is intersectionality?
  • How does intersectionality affect us as individuals?
  • How do we respond to other people’s identities?
  • How can we raise awareness of intersectionality?

The keynote speakers for our 2022 conference are Ruby Almeida and Savi Hensman

Ruby Almeida (she/her) is an LGBT rights campaigner and lecturer.

Ruby set up Rainbow Catholics India and Bridge and Embrace, India, Catholic LGBT groups in India.

Savi Hensman (she/her) was born in Sri Lanka, lives in London and has long been active in LGBT+ and other movements for equality and inclusion in church and society and on human rights in South Asia.

Savi is Anglican, lesbian, a writer and also coordinates involvement in health and social care research.


Resources

Videos of the keynote speakers and discussion panels will be available on YouTube after the conference.

Here are some book suggestions that are relevent to our discussion of the intersectionality of faith, LGBQIA+ identity, and ethnicity.

Savi Hensman’s book Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness: Same-Sex Love and the Church,  examines the major shift in thinking on sexuality among Christians that has taken place over the past hundred years. It explores the groundbreaking work of theologians, church historians and other writers. Delving beneath the surface of recent ecclesiastical conflicts, the book looks at how churches can, and do, live with disagreement. It proposes a positive way forward in handling divisions over sexuality.


Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness is available from Ekklesia

Transgender Christian Human is the story of Alex Clare-Young‘s life as a transgender child and adult. Trans is an imperfect label but labels are, to some extent, necessary – especially when we choose them for ourselves. For me, being trans means moving towards a gender that varies from my sex assigned at birth. It also means moving between genders and critiquing the rigidity of gendered systems.


Transgender Christian Human is available from Iona Books.

Black, Gay, British, Christian, Queer: The Church and the Famine of Grace by Jarel Robinson-Brown argues that there is deeper work to be done if the body of Christ is going to fully accept the bodies of those who are black and gay.

Black, Gay, British, Christian, Queer is available from SCM Press.


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