We’ve just published details of two events in London in December, go to the events page for full details, including times and booking details.
An excellent opportunity here to enjoy a weekend in London with a Friday evening at Bloomsbury Central Baptist church, followed by a fantastic day conference at St john’s Church Waterloo. Too good an opportunity to miss? Why not treat yourself to a nice hotel?
We were asked to provide a link to this very interesting article by Ella Stefannson, it’s well worth a read.
The Complete Guide To Studying And Living in the UK as an LGBT Student
Studying at a university is supposed to be about learning, growing intellectually, having fun and enjoying the student life at its fullest. But, for marginalized groups like LGBTs, more often than not it’s about exclusion and prejudice. Although most prejudice towards LGBT people that once were common and are now diminishing, studying as an LGBT student is still challenging.
A very special date for your diaries:
Affirm is delighted to invite you to our gathering in October where we will be reflecting on our journey so far, and looking forward to the task ahead of us. We are delighted that Jamie Fletcher (A Queer, Trans, Non-Binary, Christian, Artist and Activist based in Leeds; she works freelance as a theatre and film director and musician, as well as having co-founded Queer Church Leeds) will be joining us to offer a keynote speech. We will be sharing in worship and communion with one another, as well as the chance to enjoy fellowship before and after the event.
All are welcome to this event, there is no requirement to register and there is no fee. There will be an opportunity to make a gift towards the expenses of the day.
We would appreciate an e-mail if you are planning to come, please let us know how many people may be coming along with you, this will give us some idea of numbers. If you would rather just attend on the day that’s fine too, we respect your privacy.
Affirm Trustee Gemma Dunning has co-authored a recently published book ‘4 Views On Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers’. Some of you will have been at the recent Two:23 event where the book was launched in London.
If you missed it there is another event taking place in Newport, South Wales and we’d love to see you there.
This week a group of around 150 Christian leaders published The Nashville Statement, a set of affirmations and denials regarding sexuality and faith and in particular LGBT+ issues. This group, it must be said, represent a particular brand of conservative evangelicalism that this particular writer finds to be unwholesome to say the least.
I won’t post a link to the statement here, you’ll find it easily enough if you really want to read it.
There have been a number of responses to the statement online, many from the church and many from secular writers. I want to highlight two responses here that I found to be particularly helpful in presenting a more loving, inclusive and Christ-like representation of the broad spectrum of humanness .
Firstly the ‘Denver Statement‘ written by Nadia Bolz-Weber, an author of several ground-breaking books and a founding pastor of House For All Sinners And Saints in Denver, Colorado. Nadia responds brilliantly to each of the articles and adds one of her own at the end.
Secondly from Christians United, a similar statement listing their own set of ten articles written in the same style as pairs of affirmations and denials, This statement has initially been signed by a broad spectrum of international Christian leaders and in this case there is an option for the reader to sign on in agreement to the statement.
Here at Affirm our purpose is to support the LGBT+ community, particularly those within the Baptist denomination, but in a wider sense to all those seeking to be at home in an inclusive, Christ-like church, it makes me sad to read the Nashville Statement, but I am encouraged by the responses and by the realisation that the love of Christ is all-encompassing and slowly, very slowly, his church is coming to realise that.
This post by Andy Long, website manager
Elaine Sommers, a good friend of the team at Affirm, has organised an event in North Bristol called ‘A Safe Space’.
Elaine describes this event as being for Christian LGBTI+ people, their partners and friends to explore faith, life and church.
Elaine is a transgender Christian from the Bristol area and a champion for the trans and LGBT community.
Elaine tells us that this first event will about finding out what people would want from such a group, it will be a time of fellowship rather than strategy, all are welcome.
The event is on Saturday 3rd June from 10:30 until 1:00. For further details about this event please contact Elaine.
Welcome to the new site for Affirming Baptists in the UK.
We will be adding a lot more content as the site develops and the work of the group continues to grow.
We are working on more resources for local churches and for individual LGBT+ Christians, these will include a series of short videos telling the stories of some of our members, as well as study material and recommended books.
We hope that you find this a useful and friendly sit, please feel free to get in touch via the contacts page or leave comments on the blog posts