Press Release: Conference in Merville 2015
250 Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals (LGBT), either Christians or from other spiritualities, are meeting together at Pentecost in the North of France to share their differences.
For five days at Pentecost 2015, 250 LGBT people, from about 20 countries in different parts of Europe, from Spain to Russia and Kyrgyzstan, are coming together in Merville in the North of France.
David & Jonathan, a French LGBT Christian movement open to all, and the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups (1) are jointly organising this gathering.
This event will be a moment of great spiritual diversity: Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, ... as well as Jews and Muslims and non-believers.
Workshops and lectures will treat a wide variety of topics: the struggle against discriminations, relations between men and women, the role of young people, Ecumenism, relations with official Churches, sexuality, ...
The overall theme will be "Babel or Pentecost?": Babel in the Old Testament symbolising the impossibility for different peoples to understand each other and Pentecost in the New Testament representing a possibility of reconciliation.
In a context where Europe is straining under tensions related to identity, these LGBT's want to contribute to creating a society more open to others and committed to the struggle against all forms of discrimination.
The co-presidents and spokespersons for David & Jonathan
Elisabeth Saint Guily and Nicolas Neiertz