Queer Virtue at Greenbelt and on tour
Greenbelt Festival has long been a place of encouragement, fellowship and inspiration for LGBT people, and over the years the festival has hosted such distinguished speakers as Peter Tatchell, Bishop Gene Robinson, Mark Oakley, Ruth Hunt and Kelvin Holdsworth. If you're in any doubt at all about quite why we love about Greenbelt, and why you should be there - look no further than this run-down on the 2017 festival. But there's more....
This year we are delighted to be working in partnership with Greenbelt to bring Episcopalian priest and activist Liz Edman to Greenbelt. Liz is author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How it can Revitalize Christianity, and her theology is underpinned by the conviction that LGBTQ people are a gift to the church, not a problem to be solved (amen to that!) You can find out more about Liz, and about Glitter+Ash Wednesday, by checking out her website - we're sure you'll appreciate her fresh and unapologetic approach, which comes across powerfully in the short films you'll find there.
But here's some good news if you can't get to Greenbelt - direct from her appearance at Boughton, Liz will be undertaking a short tour of the UK - taking in Brighton, London, Leicester and Oxford. She'll join Alison Webster to talk queer virtue and the good news that LGBTQ people – rather than needing to be redeemed by the Christian faith – have a powerful message for the churches. Alison is the author of Found Wanting: Women, Christianity and Sexuality; her new book Found Out: transgressive faith and sexuality is published in September 2017. Full details of the events are below: they're all free to attend and everyone is welcome; there will be light refreshments and an opportunity to make a donation to cover costs.
Brighton Wednesday 30 August at 7.30pm
Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton BN1 1EA
London Thursday 31 August at 6.30pm
St Anne’s Church, 55 Dean St, London W1D 6AF
Leicester Friday 1 September at 7.00pm
St Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Circle, Leicester LE1 4LB
Please use the Holiday Inn car park
Oxford Saturday 2 September at 6.00pm
University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ
We do hope many of our members, supporters and friends will want to meet with Liz and get involved with the conversation - and this would also be an excellent event for LGBTQ people on the fringes of formal religion and 'church' to explore a fresh and affirming perspective on faith and identity.
If you've any questions about the events, please do contact the venue or the OneBody office.