Open House is a safe place where one can share their story without any hint of judgement, where one can reconcile their faith to their sexuality and gender identity, where one can just listen to other stories and ask questions, a place where the doors are flung open to show the inclusivity of God in all her/his diversity.
Many people have come to realise that God does accept them and are beginning to walk in that freedom to be themselves and to enjoy for the first time the amazing love of God. Being LGBTQIA+ a minority group in faith communities and society, can be difficult and hard to get used to. Being a person of faith in the so called ‘Gay Community’ can also be difficult. People have questions about their faith and sexuality and the practical aspects of being LGBTQIA+ and a person of faith. Open House is a place where people can ask any questions about relationships, sex, clubbing/bars etc and the Bible and can include discussions such as coming out, hate crime, confidence and dating. Open House aims to demonstrate that people of faith can be both self-assured about their sexuality and unapologetic about their faith.
Open House meets on the third Tuesday of every month. Here’s the schedule for the next few months – for details email Dave Moreton:
20th October – LGBT in marriage/relationship with children:
The celebration of love
17th November – Celibacy, is it the cousin of conversion therapy?
With conversion/reparative therapy falling into greater and greater disrepute, many of its former proponents are now promoting celibacy as the proper option for lesbian and gay people. There is no doubt that celibacy can be a wonderful, rewarding, and inspirational way to live. And Catholicism’s history is filled with many sacred and honourable celibates. But conservative Christians will be making the same mistake that Catholic leaders have made for decades by saying that celibacy is the only proper option for LGBT+ people.
15th December – Christmas: Love it or Hate It
For many people, festivals are not the most wonderful time of the year – for some because of personal or family circumstances; for others because they don’t celebrate the holiday. Join us for a social, supportive evening where you can share your experiences of the season in a supportive environment.
19th January – I’m The Gay that God has made
Celebration of being ME, how do we celebrate ME
16th February – Supporting LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers, Communities, and their Rights
This is not theoretical; this is their lived lives, how discrimination impacts health and wellbeing on those seeking refugee status.
16th March – Triggers
How can we recognise and deal with triggers in church?
We’ve also recently started Torch, a similar event specifically for trans people of faith, which meets on the first Saturday of every month – click here for more.