The European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups
exists to work on equality for LGBT people
within and through the Christian churches of Europe
Backlash for hopes of gays and lesbians
The final Relatio of the Family Synodhas weakened the hopes for so much needed reforms within the Catholic Church.
This outcome is a disaster for gays and lesbians.
said Michael Brinkschröder, co-president of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups.
The church has failed to become an open house for everybody. It's messages are inconsistent. It will take a long way to find common ground.
Traditional values, religion and LGBT rights in Eastern Europe
Over the past decade we have seen many changes across both Western and Eastern Europe regarding attitudes towards the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities. Unfortunately, these changes haven’t always been in the direction of greater tolerance and recognition of human rights. The reality is that there is now an increased polarity between Western and Eastern Europe when it comes to legislation which affects the lives of LGBT people.
LGBT Christians from all over the world gather in Rome
Through the international theological conference Ways of love, for a pastoral care with homosexual and trans people we wish to help the Extraordinary Synod on the family reflect on welcoming LGBT people. The conference takes place on October 3th, 2014.
A welcoming pastoral approach to homosexual and trans people
Some proposals for the Synod of bishops
As an integral part of the conference Ways of love, for a pastoral care with homosexual and trans people that took place in Rome on october 3thrd 2014, a document was read that summarizes the appeal that the Organizing Committee of the Third Italian Forum of LGBT Christians sent to the Italian participants to the Synod and to the secretariat of the Synod as a contribution to the work of the Synod itself. The paper was drawn up by a working collective over several months, starting from the responses made by Italian LGBT Christian groups to the questionnaire distributed last year.
This is a short version of the paper with a link to the whole paper.
The ways of love
The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of bishops in October 2014 offers Italian homosexual Christians the opportunity to accomplish a Copernican revolution: there will be a shift from a situation where the outcasts and the hidden were hoping and waiting for something to happen, for someone to change their pain, to one where hope becomes action and they refuse to be closeted because they are aware that their lives are as worthy and full as anyone else’s life.
Their testimonies can bring all sorts of communities to reflect together so that at the Synod a new pastoral care is conceived ‘with’ homosexuals and transexuals.