Welcome to the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement

All the world's major religions are faced with having to come to terms with a modern understanding of homosexuality. The place of gay and lesbian people in the life of the Church is currently Christianity's most divisive issue. Confronting homophobia is its greatest challenge. The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is proclaiming a basic Christian truth. It is working for the very love and freedom that Christ brings to his people through his life, death and resurrection. LGCM is working for love, for peace, for justice, and for the promotion of the Christian faith especially within the LGBT community.
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  1. Out and about for the summer! – Plas Newydd, North Wales

    2 August 2014

    When? Saturday 2nd August at 2pm
    Where? Plas Newydd, Hill Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire, North Wales  LL20 8AW

    10565049_10154375082890367_4487501194329418842_nSummer is the time for getting out and about and a perfect excuse for our new CEO, Tracey Byrne to meet with LGCM members and supporters – and for you to meet with one another.  We currently have lots of members in the north Wales area but no active group there, so let’s see who comes along to our first meet-up of the summer!  It will be a chance to make connections and ponder possibilities.

    Wherever you live, if you can get there, you’re welcome to join us at Plas Newydd – home to the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’.  Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby  eloped from Ireland together and settled here, capturing the imagination of Regency society. They received a stream of visitors to the unpretentious little cottage which, over the years, they transformed into a Gothic fantasy of projecting stained glass and elaborately carved oak. Inside Plas Newydd today, an exhibition including some of their possessions and an audio tour bring their story to life. You can stroll through their gardens and along their riverside walk. And you can take tea, as Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott and the Duke of Wellington have all done before you.

    Their ‘romantic friendship’ and their somewhat ambiguous diaries have received considerable attention over the years, with some seeing them as queer icons.  Whatever the nature of their relationship they were exceptional women for their time, and Plas Newydd is a lovely place to spend a chilled-out afternoon.  If it rains (it’s Wales, after all) there is an under cover coffee shop which is accessible and both dog and child-friendly.

    We’ll meet around 2pm, and stay a couple of hours with a tour of the house (costing around £5) for those who would like it, or a stroll round the grounds – nothing too strenuous!  Bring picnic items if you like, or buy something there, and we’ll possibly adjourn to a local watering hole or for a coffee by the river in Llangollen if people wish.

    It would be helpful if you could let the office know if you’re likely to be coming, or if you need help with travel or accommodation suggestions.

     



  2. Christians Together at Pride 2014 – London Pride Service

    5 July 2014
    Rev Dr Tina Beardsley

    Rev Dr Tina Beardsley

    Concluding a week of Pride events in London, is Christians Together at Pride’s annual service where this year we will welcomeTina Beardsley as our preacher.  We do hope to see as many of you there as possible.  It will be held at Bloomsbury Baptist Church at 3pm, Saturday 5th July 2014.



  3. LGCM warmly welcomes the Cof E guidance to combat homophobic bullying

    12 May 2014

    The CofE has now published its guidance for schools on combatting homophobic bullying in both primary and secondary schools. This has been a much needed document as figures from their own surveys show that currently nearly a third of CofE schools has no policy dealing with homophobic bullying.

    Whilst the document goes to great lengths to emphasise the worth and value of all God’s children and the need for schools to support this to enable education, it also reiterates on numerous occasions that homosexual relationships ‘fall short of the ideal’.

    Valuing All God’s Children Report

    The Rev Sharon Ferguson, Chief Executive of LGCM, commented on Premier Radio that this could pose quite a dilemma for some young people who may not feel safe enough to share their experiences of bullying with staff. She went on to say:

    ‘The document talks about the acceptance of difference but it’s very difficult to feel accepted when those around you believe you fall short of the ideal.’

    Another concern that must be raised is how will the document be actualised. Schools will still need to have good resources made available to enable staff to tackle this issue. It is hoped that schools will make use of the Faith and Sexuality Resource provided by LGCM which offers lesson plans to help young people from the three Abrahamic Faiths to discuss and debate this issue and reduce the likelihood of homophobic bullying.

    This is certainly a step in the right direction but as the document states itself in a quote from a teacher in a CofE school:

    ‘Whilst welcoming this initiative, the CofE’s own institutional homophobia and the theological/moral confusion behind it is a big problem!’



  4. Cutting Edge Consortium Conference

    1 November 2014

    LGCM was a founding member of the CEC.

    The theme of the conference is Equality and Religious Freedom – Equipping Activists for a changing world.

    Date: Saturday 5th April 2014, 9am – 6pm

    Now rescheduled to Saturday 1st November 2014
    Venue: Conway Hall, Holborn, London.

    Find out more.



  5. Out and about for the summer! – The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    13 September 2014

    PL_YSPWhen?: Saturday 13 September, 2pm – 4.30pm
    Where?: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WS4 4LG

    A chance to meet up with other LGCM members and supporters at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Located just off the M1 at junction 38, the YSP is a wonderful place. There is a permanent collection of sculpture including pieces by Barbara Hepworth, Andy Goldsworthy and Henry Moore, as well as changing exhibitions both within the landscape, and in some beautiful and impressive galleries. There’s also a wonderful shop and two great places to eat.

    We will meet at the main entrance by the restaurant and shop (marked A on this map) at 2pm and stay a couple of hours or so, depending on what people would like to do. YSP is child and dog friendly and there is some access for those with disabilities – let us know at the office and we’ll check this out for you. There’s no charge for entry but parking costs £8 for a day. If you’re coming by train, a taxi from Wakefield Westgate station on the East Coast main line costs around £10; if people are planning to do this, let us know and we’ll try to co-ordinate so that you can share.

    62627763-836a-4f25-bf2e-d67f15476babIt would be great to see as many of you there as possible – not least because it’s a wonderful place. In fact, you might want to get there early and have a look round before meeting up with others from LGCM – so that you get best value for money!

    Once again, it would be helpful if you could let us know at the office if you’re planning to attend.



  6. Greenbelt 2014: Travelling Light

    22 August 2014

    Friday 22 – Monday 25 August
    Boughton House, near Kettering  Northamptonshire

    If you haven’t yet been to Greenbelt – where faith, arts and justice collide – maybe this is the year for you, as the festival moves to a new, woodland site at Boughton House near Kettering.  It’s a fantastic weekend to to engage with new ideas, fresh thinking, live music and the outdoors – as well as a great and diverse crown of people.

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    Find out more on the Greenbelt website and on Youtube and find out about Outerspace, who provide and LGBT affirming presence at the festival.

    …get involved!

    This is a very special year, as we know, with the introduction of marriage equality, and Greenbelt are keen to mark this with a special and high profile worship event on the Monday of the festival.  The Outerspace team are currently discussing the formal with Greenbelt, but GB are keen to offer those in public ministry an opportunity to be visibly involved with the event, and how we plan the liturgy will depend on the numbers willing to get involved.  If you could be at the festival, near Kettering, on August Bank Holiday Monday (25th) and would like to find out more please phone or email the LGCM office and we’ll be happy to send you details of what’s planned and to discuss with you further.

    There are also opportunities to be involved in staffing the Outerspace stall and contributing to worship – again, please let us know and we’ll pass your details on to the Outerspace team.

    And if you’d like to attend the festival as a Greenbelt volunteer, head over to their page on the website for the latest opportunities – there are some varied and fantastic roles, a great chance for you to contribute to this amazing festival.