OneBodyOneFaith announces first conference on gender diversity
'Extending the table: trans, intersex, gender queer and non-binary people in the Body of Christ'
Saturday 10 March 2018
St James & Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, Manchester
Following the adoption by our members of new charitable objects incorporating gender diversity, OneBodyOneFaith is delighted to announce a major day conference focusing on the identities and gifts of trans, intersex, non-binary and genderqueer people. The extension of our vision to include this important new area of work had the overwhelming support of our members – and for many, has been a long time coming!
But what does this mean? It has to be about more than just ‘adding the T - or indeed, and of the other letters - to LGBT’ if it’s going to be meaningful and authentic, and to reflect our conviction that ‘expressing our gender and sexuality with integrity is important as a way to grow in love and discipleship’, and our longing for ‘the day when Christians fully accept, welcome, affirm and offer equality to everyone in their diversity’.
This day is for our members and supporters to explore together what it means to identify as trans, intersex, non-binary or gender queer.
- what do these identities mean?
- how do these experiences help us speak of God?
- how have our understandings changed over time…
- …or for different individuals with different stories?
- how do we need to change our thinking, speaking and behaviour – as individuals and faith communities?
- how can we be helped and enabled to do that together?
The day will focus on experience and reflection, not academic arguments – although we’ll have resources on offer if you do want to go deeper. It’s for anyone who wants to explore and reflect – wherever they are on their journey.
Full details and bookings open in January, but save the date. You can download a flyer for the day by clicking here.