PetersonToscanoTransgress & Transcend: An exploration of gender and sex with gay Bible scholar Peterson Toscano

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th September, Woodbrooke, Birmingham

Peterson Toscano will facilitate a workshop that explores gender and sexuality in Bible stories. Lauren Jansen-Parkes is a community theater facilitator, researcher and story lover will co-lead the workshop. While the Bible has been used by some to harm others, there are potential peaceful interpretations of the ancient texts, including those that support LGBTQ lives. Using a variety of methods, traditional and creative, participants will study, discuss, and explore Bible stories especially relevant to sexual and gender minorities. Read more


OpenChurchNetworkUnderstanding Transgender - A one-day training course for youth workers and church leaders

Saturday 8th September, Oasis Centre, Waterloo, London

When it comes to gender the questions that today’s young people are asking - and the situations they are encountering - are almost entirely distinct from those faced by previous generations. Not only have paradigms of gender radically shifted, but an increasing number of young people might now identify as transgender, gender non-binary or gender fluid - terms that might be daunting and unfamiliar to many youth workers and church leaders. But despite the rapidly changing landscape, the need for church-based youth work to be inclusive, embracing and relevant has never been greater. Join us for a one-day training session in central London exploring how best to understand, support and include transgender young people.
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PaulRasorThe Challenge of Liberal Theology in a time of declining liberalism - The Future of Faith lecture series with Paul Rasor

Saturday 6th October 11am, Rawtenstall Unitarian Church and Unity Centre, Bank Street, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 7QY

Liberalism,religious and otherwise, is under siege. Many liberal congregations are in decline; authoritarian impulses infest our social and political cultures; fake news and shrill slogans drown out reasoned argument and nuance; meanness and stinginess overpower openness and generosity. What kind of liberal theology is possible in these circumstances? Paul Rasor will argue that liberal theology today must be a theology of resistance, radical inclusiveness, and liberation. Hosted by the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry and Pendle Hill Quakers and supported by PCN BritainRead more.


ICdisabilityconf2018Something Worth Sharing - Inclusive Church Disability Conference

Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th October, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Disabled people can be isolated by experience or geography, and face barriers to belonging in churches and communities. What can we do to unlock gates and open our gifts? From access statements to advisory groups, using language and structure, connecting and gathering, this event will explore ideas and share practical resources for getting in and joining in. Speakers include: June Boyce-Tillman, Tim Goode, Fiona MacMillan, Ann Memmott, Emily Richardson and Sam Wells. Read more


MWBorgMarcus Borg Memorial Conference - ‘Days of Awe and Wonder: How we see makes all the difference’

Friday 19th - Saturday 20th October, St. Mark's Centre for Radical Christianity, Sheffield in partnership with PCN Britain

In this conference, Rev Canon Marianne Wells Borg will take extracts from the posthumous collection of Marcus’s work entitled Days of Awe and Wonder and will seek to explore with us what it means to be Christian today. What is the Christian story and how do we ‘see’ the world through the lens of Christian faith? Can our days indeed be filled with awe and wonder? Is how we see and pay attention what makes the difference? Read more


GVheaderGathering Voices: From welcome to affirmation

Saturday 27th October, 9.30am-4pm,
Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent campus

Together we will explore how to resource your church to become more inclusive so:

‘any person, regardless of sexuality or gender identity will find our local church to be a place of welcome, embrace, inclusion, affirmation and sanctuary’ - Oasis Foundation Open Church Charter

Keynote speakers include Gareth Streeter from Oasis UK, The Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Anglican Bishop of Stafford, Revd Dr Christina Beardsley. 

Gathering Voices is a collaboration of Christian & LGBT+ organisations including Accepting Evangelicals, the Evangelical Fellowship of Lesbian and Gay Christians, Open Table, The Sibyls and Stonewall. Read more


DeconstructionDeconstruction Retreat with Simon Cross

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th November, The Hayes, Swanwick

Deconstruction is part of the human condition. We build things up, and then we become confined by them. It's only by consciously decontructing what we have built, that we can grow and develop. But it's a painful process, or it can be. And it's usually only precipitated by some kind of crisis, something that stops us in our tracks, and makes us realise that somethings have to change, a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, a feeling of betrayal. The process of deconstruction gives rise to various conflicting feelings: guilt, liberation, fear, exhilaration... Dealing with such mixed feelings is hard, and in order to get through them with a sense of healthy progress, it can really help to take time to take stock. This short retreat is designed to do just that. Read more


Diarmuid O MurchuIncarnation: A new evolutionary threshold - Talk by Diarmuid O’Murchu chaired by Revd Lucy Winkett

Sunday 4th November 1.45-3.30pm, St James' Picadilly, London. A Living Spirituality Connections event, in partnership with St James’ Piccadilly

Incarnation signifies embodiment, reminding us that God’s creativity throughout creation is mediated through bodies, from the vast universe right down to subatomic particles. This understanding requires a fresh appraisal of the conventional Christian understanding in which Incarnation focuses on the person of Jesus. How the expanded vision can be integrated with our Christian story is the topic for this lecture.
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padraig o tuamaHope in Conflict & Rhythms of Peace - Corrymeela Weekend with Pádraig Ó Tuama

Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th November, Exeter

Discover creative ways to deal with conflict, from practitioners in different contexts: including Jo Berry, Jude Taylorson, Louisa Burnand, Jayme Reaves, Brother Jonathan Herbert and Brother Hugh, Bishop Peter Price and Rev Simon Taylor. The keynote address by Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community, is followed by panel discussion, then break-out groups where speakers will tell their own stories and lead discussions. Followed by an evening of poetry reading. Pádraig Ó Tuama will be the guest preacher at an ecumenical Christian Service on Sunday 18th November at 10.30am. Those of all faiths and none will be very welcome. Read more.