The 2021 conference was planned in Venlo at Kasteel De Berckt on 5-9 May 2021. Because of the uncertancy about traveling possibilities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, board and prep team decided not to meet physivcally in Venlo, but to have an online conference instead.
The date for the conference is now 6-9 May 2021 (Thurday and Friday evening, Saturday all day and Sunday morning). The Annual General Meeting will take place one week before the conference on Saturday afternoon 1 May 2021. Pre-conferences will be planned on Sunday 2 May. During the week there will be several side events in the evening.
The organising groups are the Dutch member groups of the European Forum:
- Landelijke Koepelorganisatie van de christelijke LHBT-beweging in Nederland (LKP)
- Werkverband van Queer Theologen
- Werkverband van Katholieke Homo-Pastores (WKHP)
Rainbow Index and Open Church Service
As part of the annual conference 2021, the Rainbow Index was presented and we had, as each year, an Open Church Service. These events are available on YouTube, here you can find the links—and of course the link to the decoration of Wielie Elhorst!
May is coming closer. The preparation team is very busy in building an attractive programme for you. We will give you an impression of our plans and an overview of how the conference week is planned.
The thema of the online conference of the European Forum, organised from the Netherlands, is Strong Voices!
40 organisations, 150 persons from the whole of Europe
LGBTI-free zones in Poland, the Nashville statement in the Netherlands, above-average suicide among transgender people across Europe, campaigns against "non-traditional family relationships". Not every part of Europe is a safe place for LGBTI people and the climate is even getting worse in some areas.
We want to make a Strong Voice heard against the nationalist voices in Eastern, Central and Western Europe. It is our belief that God cares for the weak and oppressed in society and calls Christians, churches and organizations to look to after each other and to exclude no one.