What is the European Forum?
The European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups is an ecumenical association of LGBT Christian groups in Europe.
The European Forum aims to achieve equality and inclusion for LGBT people within and through Christian churches, other religious bodies and multilateral organisations.
The European Forum works for freedom of religion, for human rights and dignity for LGBT people and for an affirmative discourse on human sexuality.
The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church and LGBTQI issues
We hereby publish the analysis of the documents of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church related to LGBTQI issues prepared by a member of our Orthodox Working Group, Natalia Vasilevich.
Open Letter to the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church
(French, Greek, Romanian, German, Russian and Ukrainian translations are attached below)
Open letter from the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups
to the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, gathered at Crete, June 2016
Your All-Holiness, Holinesses, Beatitudes, Eminences and Graces,
dear Fathers, brothers and sisters, dear delegates of the Holy and Great Council,
The European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Christian Groups, an ecumenical association of more than 40 groups from across Europe, representing approximately 6,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Christians, would like to take the opportunity presented by the meeting of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church—an event of historical importance—to draw the attention of the leaders of the Orthodox Church to the situation of their LGBT faithful, a situation that should concern us all.
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups is deeply saddened by the recent events in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts go out to all the people that died in the horrendous attack and to all their loved ones that are now left behind in utter sorrow and grief.
We hope and believe that Love will win in the end and we call on all people of good will to stand together shoulder by shoulder now.