Developments Related to the Publication of the Open Letter of Orthodox LGBT to the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church
On 23 June, during the proceedings of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church gathered on Crete, the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups published an open letter signed by me, Misha Cherniak, on behalf of the Orthodox Working Group of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, and Elaine Sommers and Wielie Elhorst on behalf of the Forum’s Board. The letter contained three main points formulated as requests to the leaders of the Orthodox Church:
Gender Values: Challenging the Christian Anti-Gender Movement in Central and Eastern Europe
Seminar on 28–30 October 2016 in the European Youth Center in Budapest, Hungary
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups invites activists from LGBT Christian and non-Christian groups from Central and Eastern Europe to this weekend seminar.
40 Years Åpen Kirkegruppe
It was on 10 February 1976 that Aasmund Robert Vik started with the Åpen Kirkegruppe (Open Church Group) in Oslo, Norway. After spending some time in a Franciscan monastery in Assisi some time earlier, he discovered that he tried to flee from something. His future was not to be part of an monastic order, but to verbalize homosexuality and to work for a better position and treatment of homosexuals, women and men, in the Lutheran Church. Aasmund found inspiration to do so after visiting the then Gay Christian Movement in London and with the support by a Dutch Roman-Catholic priest.
International Gathering Council 50
The International Gathering Council 50 took place from November 20th to 22nd November in Rome; its motto was: “Towards a church, inspired by the Gospel, for the world”. This platform gathered more than 40 progressive networks, base ecclesial communities, grass-root communities, etc. in the Catholic church. More than 100 delegates representing worldwide catholic reform movements attended the conference (with up to 125 including special activities).
Rainbow Centre at the German Protestant Kirchentag (Church Convention) in Stuttgart/Germany
In June 2015 under the theme of that we may become wise more than 100.000 people gathered in Stuttgart for 5 days of celebrating, listening, sharing, discussing on important issues of faith and society in todays globalized world. The Rainbow Centre was located in a local congregation at the suburbs of Stuttgart. During three days hundreds of LGBTIQ people visited the center, attended workshops and panels and lectures and film presentations.
Foundational Meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC)
An international network of 13 organizations of/with LGBT Catholics met for the first time during the Family Synod 2014 in Rome and since then we have worked together to initiate a global network of LGBTQI Catholics, their parents and families.
We are very happy to announce and invite you to the First Assembly of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, the foundational meeting of the new network. Under the title “LGBT Voices to the Synod”, this meeting will take place from 1−4 October 2015 in Rome, on the opening weekend of the second Family Synod.