European Forum

of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups

Brenda Harrison Memorial Lecture

Brenda Harrison

Each year the Brenda Harrison Memorial Lecture is held. On this page you can find the upcoming lecture and past lectures.

The lecture of 2014 is now available.

Brenda Harrison

Brenda Harrison, who died in 2010 at the age of 61, had worked tirelessly for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the Anglican Communion through her involvement with Changing Attitude.

Born in the east end of London, Brenda Harrison followed a career in the Home Office. In 1971 she was appointed as Immigration Officer in the first intake of women to the service and undertook diplomatic postings to Pakistan and Sierra Leone. Following early retirement in 2003 she became Administrator for Changing Attitude and later, a trustee. She was instrumental with others in creating a strong, independent LGBT Anglican witness.

Brenda had also been an active member of the Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians since 1987, serving as co-convenor for several years from 1997. In 1998 she was elected Co-President of the European Forum of Lesbian and Gay Christian Groups, serving in this capacity until 2004, and again from 2006. She attended the World Council of Churches’ General Assemblies in 1998 in Zimbabwe and 2006 in Brazil, delivering workshops on LGBT sexuality. She was deeply committed to the work of the Forum and the member groups, some of them involved in challenging environments to support LGBT Christians. In 2007 Brenda was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Lesbian and Gay Religious Archive Network.

As a campaigner with a passion for justice, always totally committed to the groups she was involved with. She had many irons in the fire, crossing boundaries of culture and church tradition, forming international networks and friendships. But more than her practical skills, Brenda brought her cheeky smile and a bouncy attitude to meetings and events Brenda was an inspiration to so many—a determined fore-runner who campaigned as a lesbian Christian for many of the things some now enjoy and take for granted.

Brenda wanted the campaigning to continue until all are able to enjoy freedom in the Kingdom of God. Her inspiration and love touched so many over the years.

2014 Courage and faith in a pluralist society

The third lecture will be held during the Autumn conference of the Evangelical Fellowship on Saturday 25th October 2014 in Worcestershire.

Speaker is Rev Ian Stears-­Handscomb about Courage and faith in a pluralist society. This is in acknowledgement of the fact that we are trying to live out our lives as lgbt people in a multicultural, multi faith, and multi interest society.

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Colin Coward2013 What is She like?

The second lecture was held on Friday 28th June 2013 at St Andrew’s Church in London. The event was organised by Pam Gold (Evangelical Fellowship) & Jeremy Marks (Post-Courage) and hosted by the Evangelical Fellowship

Speaker was Rev Colin Coward about What is She like? A contemplative activist reflects on the experience of God.

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Sharon Ferguson2012 All God's children: Believing, Belonging, Beloved

The first lecture was held on the 6th July 2012 at St Martins in the Field in London, UK. The event was organised by the Evangelical Fellowship, Courage and Changing Attitude.

The main Speaker was Shanon Ferguson who treated us to a brilliant lecture entitled All God’s Children: Believing, Belonging, Beloved. With Shanons’ permission we could make the text of the lecture available.

This being the first of the lectures was an unknown, in as much as predicting how many would be interested in coming along. The timing of this lecture was chosen to be during the World Pride celebrations in London. This was a golden opportunity to attract people who might also be attending World Pride.

We were not disappointed, circa 130 were in attendance. This is marvelous considering the fact that Changing Attitude and Watch members were busy at the General Synod in York.

A very big thank you to Jeremy Marks who played a large part in the organization of this event. Also to Shanon Ferguson who has been quite ill recently but who stoically carried on with the lecture.

Pam Gold - Co Convener EFLGC

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