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.
D&J—Being a Religious Believer and LGBT around the World
In this latest issue of “Dossiers D&J”, the magazine of our French member group “David & Jonathan”, the group gives a voice to LGBT people living in Africa, in Eastern Europe, in the Near or Far East, and elsewhere. They are of different religions (Christians from Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox backgrounds, Jews or Muslims), with different convictions, of different cultures, from countries, where their living conditions are quite variable.
Press Release: The Importance of Trans* Inclusion
During the 2015 annual conference of the European Forum, in Merville, France, changes to the internal regulations and statutes were made to promote greater trans* inclusion in the organisation. The Forum wants to attract more transgender groups and ensure that trans* people are fully included in the work . Towards this aim the Forum offers a trans* pre-conference to provide a safe space for trans* Christians to discuss and share relevant issues and has changes the internal regulations to encourage trans* representation on the board.
Media Release: Worldwide LGBT Catholics & Parents Respond to Synod 2015 Working Document
A number of organisations and advocates who focus on pastoral care and social justice for LGBT people and their families, working to form a Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC), is disappointed by the 14th Ordinary Synod of Bishops’ Working Document (Instrumentum Laboris) on “The Vocation & Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”, published on 23 June 2015.
Press Release: Rainbow Celebration in St. Saviour’s Anglican Church
European Forum of LGBT Christians to Host Special Service for All During EuroPride
St. Saviour’s, the Anglican Church of Riga, has opened her doors to the European Forum of Christian LGBT Groups to host a Rainbow Celebration (June 21), for the occasion of EuroPride.