European Forum

of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups

Stockholm–Tallinn–Helsinki–Stockholm: Sailing with Hope

Logo Tallinn 2014

The annual meeting 2014 of European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups took place on the cruise Stockholm-Tallinn-Helsinki-Stockholm under the theme of „Sailing with Hope“ in May 21-25. The theme is derived from Estonian myth of „White Ship“ - mythical ship that brings freedom or takes people away to a better land.

This myth was born around 1860 when a small religious group led by Juhan Leinberg (also known as Prophet Maltsvet) gathered near Tallinn to wait for a white ship to take them away. „White Ship“ has became a strong symbol of hope in Estonian culture and has inspired several authors to compose songs, books, dramas and films about the legend. „White Ship“ was used as a prallel to the refugees’ boats and ships from occupied Estonia during the WW2 and the same parallel was used when the Soviet Estonia established the first regular sea connection between Tallinn and Helsinki with the white ferry „Georg Ots“ in 1980. During the conference „Sailing with Hope“ Geikristlaste Kogu (Estonian Association of Gay Christians) welcomes you on board of white Tallink ships to reflect what are our hopes for the future.

Programme

Wednesday, May 21 Stockholm

14.00 Starts registration in harbour Värtahamnen
16.00 Check-in and boarding M/S Baltic Queen
17.00 Pre-forum
18.30 Dinner
19.30 Pre-forum
21.00 Free time               

Thursday, May 22 Tallinn

08.00 Breakfast
09.00 Pre-forum
10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Pre forum
12.30 Leaving M/S Baltic Queen
13.00 Check-in Tallink Express Hotel
14.00 Lunch
15.00 Opening Ceremony
16.30 Coffee break
17.00 Plenary
19.30 Visit to Tallink SPA, dinner and free time

Friday, May 23 Tallinn

08.00 Breakfast
09.00 Plenary & Workshops
10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Plenary & Workshops
13.30 Lunch
15.00 Plenary & Workshops
16.30 Coffee break
17.00 Plenary & Workshops
18.30 Free time, dinner, party

Saturday, May 24 Helsinki

07.30 Boarding M/S Star, D-Terminal
08.00 Breakfast               
09.30 Arrival to Helsinki
10.30 Alppila church, AGM & Workshops
12.00 Coffee break
12.30 AGM & Workshops
14.00 Lunch
15.00 Worship
17.00 Departure to Stockholm M/S Silja Serenade, Olympia Terminal
20.00 Festive Dinner, Party time

Sunday, May 25 Stockholm

08.00 Breakfast
09.00 Plenary
11.00 Closing Ceremony
13.00 Lunch