INCLUDING LGBTQ+ PEOPLE IN THE CONVERSATION AROUND SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN THE CHURCH
what is pride in marriage?
Pride in Marriage is The Gathering - Cardiff's second online event. Following the success of the Inclusive Conference in October 2020 Pride in Marriage seeks to continue encouraging churches to have open conversations around LGBTQ+ inclusivity within their faith community. Wherever you are on the journey of LGBTQ+ inclusivity, we pray this event will be helpful for you.
Pride in Marriage brings the voices and experiences of real LGBTQ+ people to the forefront, providing space for real LGBTQ+ couples to discuss their marriage experience from a faith perspective. We recognise that there are many arguments for and against LGBTQ+ marriage within the church, with hundreds of books, videos, podcasts and resources that argue both ways, and we know all of that can often bring more confusion than clarity. Pride in Marriage aims to simply re-centralise the voice of the people these arguments directly effect.
We understand that one of the best ways for us to come together as a faith family is through open, loving, communication. But we know conversation with LGBTQ+ people in a faith setting can be hard to come by. Many LGBTQ+ people have either experienced or fear rejection and hate from Christians and may choose to stay in the closet at church or decide not to visit one at all. And of course, if you are not LGBTQ+ but want to be an ally it can feel daunting ask questions for fear of "getting it wrong".
As an answer to this, Pride in Marriage will host a live Q+A on the 17th of April with the couples from our films. Here you'll be able to ask questions about the stories and experiences you've heard, helping you to better understand the huge impact conversations and delays around LGBTQ+ marriage can have on our Queer church family.
live keynote speaker 17th April 11am
Revd Canon Dr Trystan Owain Hughes is Tutor in Applied Theology at St Padarn’s Institute, Cardiff, vicar of Christ Church, Roath Park, and Canon Theologian at Llandaff Cathedral.
He is the author of 7 books, including Finding Hope and Meaning in Suffering (SPCK 2010), The Compassion Quest (SPCK 2013), and Living the Prayer (BRF 2017).
As a member of the Doctrinal Commission when the 2014 report The Church in Wales and Same-Sex Partnerships was written, Trystan will explore the theology behind Option Three of the report – ‘Marriage as a union of loving equals, irrespective of sexual difference’.
Trystan's talk will be free to watch on The Gathering's Facebook page on the 17th of April. There will be time to submit questions after his talk.
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