The European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups
exists to work on equality for LGBT people
within and through the Christian churches of Europe
LGBT Christians from all over the world gather in Rome
Through the international theological conference Ways of love, for a pastoral care with homosexual and trans people we wish to help the Extraordinary Synod on the family reflect on welcoming LGBT people. The conference takes place on October 3th, 2014.
A welcoming pastoral approach to homosexual and trans people
Some proposals for the Synod of bishops
As an integral part of the conference Ways of love, for a pastoral care with homosexual and trans people that took place in Rome on october 3thrd 2014, a document was read that summarizes the appeal that the Organizing Committee of the Third Italian Forum of LGBT Christians sent to the Italian participants to the Synod and to the secretariat of the Synod as a contribution to the work of the Synod itself. The paper was drawn up by a working collective over several months, starting from the responses made by Italian LGBT Christian groups to the questionnaire distributed last year.
This is a short version of the paper with a link to the whole paper.
The ways of love
The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of bishops in October 2014 offers Italian homosexual Christians the opportunity to accomplish a Copernican revolution: there will be a shift from a situation where the outcasts and the hidden were hoping and waiting for something to happen, for someone to change their pain, to one where hope becomes action and they refuse to be closeted because they are aware that their lives are as worthy and full as anyone else’s life.
Their testimonies can bring all sorts of communities to reflect together so that at the Synod a new pastoral care is conceived ‘with’ homosexuals and transexuals.
And GOD saw that it all was excellent!
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups wants to publish a book collecting autobiographical Catholic European LGBTQ-stories. We are looking for autobiographies highlighting both the gap between the orders of the official Catholic Church and your own sexuality and how you came to terms with this. It does not matter whether you are still Roman-Catholic, or if you have left this church. If this topic means something to you personally, we would like to ask for a contribution to our book. We have already received some stories, and we are especially interested in more stories from lesbian women, bisexuals and transgender people!
The Board of the European Forum of LGBT Christian groups is happy to remind its member movements of the continuing search for Western European participants to enlist as mentors in the Mentoring Program which is part of the Eastern European Leadership Training project.
The Mentoring Program has the purpose to strengthen LGBT group leaders in Eastern Europe through regular contacts and exchange of experience, to give advice how to deal with difficult group situations, how to do pastoral care and how to handle the general political situation from the perspective of an LGBT Christian group.