Press Release: “The Church Needs Its Own Stonewall Revolution”
LGBT Christians Hold Successful 36th Annual Conference and Attend Pride Parade in Gdańsk, Poland
Forwards in Solidarity was the theme and Free People in Free Countries was the challenge and call from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and others at the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups' 36th Annual Conference, held in Gdańsk, Poland, 24–28 May 2017. The European Forum includes over 50 groups, with some 140 participants from 21 European countries present at the 2017 conference. These included people from Anglican, Catholic, Evangelical, Reformed, and Orthodox traditions. Observers attended from ENORB (European Network on Religion & Belief), GIN (Global Interfaith Network), and ILGA (International Lesbian & Gay Association).
Latest book of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups on LGBT inclusion in Eastern Orthodoxy now available to buy on Amazon
PRESS RELEASE 27 MARCH 2017
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups (European Forum) is very happy to present its newest publication, “For I Am Wonderfully Made”: Texts on Eastern Orthodoxy and LGBT Inclusion, which is now available to buy in paperback format on Amazon.
Council of Europe Grants European Forum Participatory Status
We are very happy that the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups (EF) has been granted participatory status in the Council of Europe.
The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading Human Rights organisation. All 47 member states have signed the European Convention of Human Rights. With this decision, the Council affirms that listening to the perspectives of minorities is crucial when dealing with questions of Human Rights. The EF is now among the 300 plus international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) that have been granted participatory status, giving a voice to LGBT people of faith.
Открытое письмо Святому и Великому Собору Православной Церкви
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Открытое письмо Европейского Форума ЛГБТ-христианских групп
Святому и Великому Собору Православной Церкви, собранному на Крите в июне 2016 г.
Ваше Всесвятейшество, Ваши Святейшества, Блаженства, Высокопреосвященства и Преосвященства,
дорогие отцы, братья и сестры, делегаты Святого и Великого Собора!
Проведение Святого и Великого Собора Православной Церкви – событие огромного исторического масштаба – дает нам, Европейскому форуму ЛГБТ-христианских групп, экуменическому объединению более чем 40 групп со всей Европы, представляющему примерно 6 000 христиан – лесбиянок, геев, бисексуалов и трансгендеров (ЛГБТ), – возможность привлечь внимание глав Православных Церквей к положению их ЛГБТ-верных: положению, которое не может не вызывать нашего общего беспокойства.
Open Letter to the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church
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Open letter from the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups
to the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, gathered at Crete, June 2016
Your All-Holiness, Holinesses, Beatitudes, Eminences and Graces,
dear Fathers, brothers and sisters, dear delegates of the Holy and Great Council,
The European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Christian Groups, an ecumenical association of more than 40 groups from across Europe, representing approximately 6,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Christians, would like to take the opportunity presented by the meeting of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church—an event of historical importance—to draw the attention of the leaders of the Orthodox Church to the situation of their LGBT faithful, a situation that should concern us all.
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups is deeply saddened by the recent events in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts go out to all the people that died in the horrendous attack and to all their loved ones that are now left behind in utter sorrow and grief.
We hope and believe that Love will win in the end and we call on all people of good will to stand together shoulder by shoulder now.