Strong Voices: Open Church Service

Strong Voices

The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups has met for the 40th time. Representatives of six Dutch Christian LGBTI organisations have prepared the annual conference that stretched from 1 to 9 May 2021. Theme of the conference is “Strong Voices”. Kees Goedegebuur, coordinator of the preparation team,

“Strong voices for the LGBTI community are needed these days. In some countries, a lot has been accomplished, but there are also developments that threaten progress for LGBTI people. Polish bishops pleading for conversion therapy and 250 signatures of church ministers under the Dutch translation of the LGBTI phobic Nashville Declaration are just two contemporary examples that show that we need to stay vigilant. Our voices, and those of our allies, need to be heard more than ever.”

The conference brought together representatives from more than 40 member groups in almost 25 European countries.

On Saturday 8 May at 17:00 CEST the Open Church Service took place at the Church of the Nazarene in Vlaardingen, Netherlands. No visitors were allowed because of COVID-19, so the service was streamed. You can watch it here.