Romanian referendum on the definition of “family”: European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups appalled by Romanian Orthodox Church support, urges boycott
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups is extremely concerned by the upcoming referendum in Romania on 6 and 7 October 2018, which will determine whether to alter the currently neutral definition of “family” to one including only married, different-sex couples.
The European Forum fully supports a boycott of the referendum called for by activists in Romania and by ILGA Europe (www.ilga-europe.org) and urges the Romanian Orthodox Church to withdraw its support for such a divisive, discriminatory proposal.
The transgender Europe Council - Antwerp June 2018
Report by Elaine (UK) and Mark (Russia)
From June 28 – July 1 we (Elaine and Mark) had the opportunity to attend Transgender Europe’s biennial Council meeting in Antwerp, representing the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups. We are both core members of the Forum’s Trans Working Group. We are grateful to the Forum for this opportunity to meet many trans people, outside a faith setting.
Training on Dialogue with Clergy
The Roman Catholic Church Working Group and the Board of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups are pleased to open the call for applications for the upcoming Training on Dialogue with Clergy. The training will take place in Le Cenacle, Versailles (France) from 9 to 11 November 2018. Please find more information about the event and its programme below.
Looking Back at the Forum’s Annual Conference 2018
Last May, we (Frans, 24, and Matthijs, 26) visited the Forum’s annual conference for the first time. Just after coming home from the conference, this is what Matthijs wrote on Facebook: “Tired but very inspired by the annual conference of the European Forum for LGBT Christian Groups that took place near Rome the last couple of days. This group of people truly feels like family on so many levels. Somehow, I feel like I found a long lost piece of myself. Thank you to all these sweet and brave soul mates of mine, I love you for real.”
Now, a few months after the conference took place, we cannot describe this feeling much better. Even though regular life has buried our emotions to a certain extent, we can say that the Forum’s conference impacted our lives on a deep level.
Council of Europe Conference “Homosexuality and Contemporary Christianity”
On 5 July 2018, Misha Cherniak, Programme Officer and coordinator of the Orthodoxy Working Group, and Wielie Elhorst, Co-President and coordinator of the Political Advocacy Working Group, were present at a unique event, a one-day conference on homosexuality and contemporary Christianity, organized by the SOGI Unit of the Council of Europe. Effectively, mostly Orthodox academics and church representatives took the floor to share their vision on homosexuality and Orthodox anthropology and ecclesiology (programme).
Homily: Towards Welcoming and Affirming Christian Communities
Homily on the Occasion of Closing the Annual Conference 2018 of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups “Towards Welcoming and Affirming Christian Communities”, 13 May 2018