BRIDGING THE GAP
The Gathering - Cardiff’s first Inclusive Conference aims to bridge the gap between the church and the LGBTQ+ community.
As a church we strive to provide a safe place of worship for all folks, and we know there are lots of other churches who want to do the same. But we recognise that can be tricky - we find ourselves asking, what does it truly mean to be inclusive?
That’s where the Inclusive Conference comes in!
With talks on the clobber passages, true accounts of what it means to be LGBTQ+ in the church, and LIVE Q&A’s with our keynote speakers; we hope to help you understand the practicalities of being an inclusive church and equip you with all that you need to get the ball rolling.
Our conference will be chock full of useful hints and tips to get the ball rolling.
Whether you’re a church leader, a church member looking to start the conversation with your leaders, or simply interested in what it means to be LGBTQ+ and Christian, you’re welcome at the Inclusive Conference!
18th - 24th
We are excited to announce that our first online conference will be held in the Autumn of 2020.
Our keynote speakers' talks will be released here throughout the week, leading up to a series of Q+A sessions on Saturday the 24th of October with all of our speakers. Through the week you'll be able to watch each talk and submit questions to be answered during the Q+A sessions.
A full schedule will be released here soon - keep your eyes peeled!
Find out more about our speakers, what they'll be talking about below.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Sarah is an Anglican priest and is Priest-in-Charge of The City Parish of St John The Baptist, Cardiff. She was previously Rector of Ross-on-Wye, Walford and Brampton Abbotts in the Diocese of Hereford and was the first person to have made a gender change and then to be recommended for training for ordination by the Church of England.
Before ordination Sarah played on the UK acoustic music scene. Sarah will be talking on her experience as a transperson in the church and the difference good support from a church can make in a trans person's journey.
Sarah's website: https://www.sarahjones.org.uk/
Luke was appointed Executive Director of OneBodyOneFaith in 2019, has a degree in Theology from Spurgeon’s College, and a Masters in Biblical Studies from King’s College London. He is a passionate advocate for social justice in the UK & internationally, a Patron for the LGBT+ youth homeless shelter "Streha" in Albania, and serves as a Deacon at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London. Luke will be speaking on "Scripture and the arc of love: including the Other in the Kingdom of God".
You can find more about Luke and One Body One Faith here: https://onebodyonefaith.org.uk/
At heart, he is an activist, and much of what you see on his website (link below) reflects his passion for justice, equality, honesty and reconciliation. Sam believes his faith demands that he get involved in transforming the world into what it is meant to be - a home where all are welcome and given their full dignity. As a clergyperson, he is committed to remain fully engaged in this struggle with the added responsibility of leading other Christians to roll up their sleeves and come off the fence. In the words of Seamus Heaney: No such thing as innocent bystanding.
More recently, Sam became a co-founder, with his partner, Mark Rowland, and others, of the campaigning group, Dignity & Worth. This now boasts about 500 members from across the country - including The Gathering leader, Reverend Delyth Liddell, and further afield, all committed to fighting for the justice, equality and dignity so long denied to LGBTQ+ people in the Methodist Church. Sam will be talking on Graceful Disagreement,
Sam's website: https://www.cassowary.eu/
K. Augustine Tanner-Ihm is a charismatic Afro-American educator, theologian, pastor, activist, leader, mentor, trustee, presenter, speaker, and missiologist based in the United Kingdom. He has read degrees in Education and Theology from Moody Bible Institute, Northwestern University, Iowa State University, St. Mellitus College, Sacum College, and the University of Durham. He has traveled to Canada, USA, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, N. Africa, Scotland, and Northern Ireland giving sermons and talks on inclusion, race, and spirituality. He enjoys traveling, writing stand-up, doing athletics, and making people smile.
Augustine's website: https://augustineihm.co.uk/about-me/
LIVE SEMINAR AND LGBTQ+ PANEL
LIVE SEMINAR: INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE
A quick guide to bringing LGBTQ+ friendly language into day to day worship and teaching from one of The Gathering's very own Pastoral Leaders. Running on Saturday the 24th of October this is an exciting chance to build practical skills that you can take back to your church immediately. A simple, effective and often overlooked first step to being fully inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community! Not one to miss!!
LIVE LGBTQ+ PANEL
A chance to hear the experiences of a diverse range of LGBTQ+ people and to learn a little more about what it is like to be an LGBTQ+ Christian. With the chance to submit questions to the panel this an ideal opportunity for those who may not be sure why conversations around LGBTQ+ inclusivity are so important.
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