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.
UK LGBT Christians to Host Brexit-Year Annual Conference 2019
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups is very happy to announce that its 2019 Annual Conference will be hosted by its UK-based member groups 26–30 June 2019, in London.
Organisation and Support
UK-based member groups include Evangelical Fellowship of LGBT Christians, LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, Metropolitan Community Church North London, Quest, and The Sibyls. A number of other LGBT Christian groups around the UK, although not members of the European Forum, have also expressed interest in supporting the 2019 Conference.
Fourth Time the Annual Conference Has Been Held in UK
This will be the fourth time that the European Forum’s Annual Conference has been held in the UK. Previous venues have been Uxbridge (1988), Edinburgh (2000), and St. Alban’s (2008). The founding gathering of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups took place in Paris, in 1982.
An Inclusive Welcoming Commitment to All European Citizens
Martin Pendergast, Acting Chair of the 2019 Conference Planning Group, said,
When we see so much fragmentation around Europe—border restrictions, and increasing homophobic and transphobic actions—LGBT Christians and their allies will provide a prophetic voice for an inclusive, welcoming commitment to the common good of all European citizens, particularly LGBT+ people, parents, and families. Brexit may or may not happen, but we’re all European even outside the EU!
The UK Conference follows the 2018 Conference, which was held in Albano Laziale, near Rome, 9–13 May 2018.
Main image “St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge and The City” by damo1977 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.