Visible Spaces & Gatherings
Visible Spaces and Gatherings are places where the lives, loves, identities and gifts of LGBT+ Christians are recognised, accepted, affirmed and celebrated. These spaces and gatherings are as diverse as our community. They include retreat houses, Bible study groups, people who gather together for worship, or to share food or socialise, or to campaign for change, and so we've asked each of them to describe what they do. What they all have in common is a commitment to OneBodyOneFaith's Statement of Conviction:
It is the conviction of the members of OneBodyOneFaith that human sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity in all their richness are gifts of God gladly to be accepted, enjoyed and honoured as a way of both expressing and growing in love, in accordance with the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Therefore it is their conviction that it is entirely compatible with the Christian faith not only to love another person of the same sex, but also to express that love fully in a personal sexual relationship;
We believe that expressing our gender and sexuality with integrity is important as a way to grow in love and discipleship; we long for the day when Christians fully accept, welcome, affirm and offer equality to everyone in their diversity,
including raising awareness and understanding of theological issues related to sexuality and gender identity, promoting fellowship and pastoral support through local groups and other means and organising prayer and reflection;
(b) to advance the education of the public on the needs and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Christians, and promote acceptance of diversity, so that they may be able to live without fear of rejection or recrimination and be fully included in the life and ministry of the Church.
A Visible Space or Gathering can be real or virtual; can take place nationally, regionally or locally.
You can find out if there's a group near you here.