Sundays 28th May, 30th July 2017
Throughout 2017, after the last service of each month, we will be holding a where congregation members can gather to explore the topic we have been considering in that month’s thematic ministry. In April this will be ‘transformation’, in May it will be ‘connection’, and in July it will be ‘identity’. In June we will be having our church AGM on the last Sunday of the month instead.
Working on our Welcome: Improving Our Hospitality to LGBTQ+ People
Saturday 17th June – 11am arrivals for an 11.30am start until 3pm
A special half-day training course on an important issue for our congregations – training will be followed by worship and refreshments until 4.30pm.
Unitarians are rightly proud of our historically progressive views on gender and sexuality issues, particularly our part in campaigning for equal marriage, but there is so much more work still to do. As a wider range of voices from across the LGBTQ+ rainbow (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people) begin to make themselves heard, some of us may find ourselves confused by new terminology, and by seemingly conflicting messages about how best to respond to people’s needs. In this half-day workshop, co-facilitated by Quaker activist Fred Langridge and Jane Blackall from our own Kensington congregation, we will explore some practical ways in which our communities can offer a better welcome to visitors who identify as LGBTQ+ and highlight areas where we could improve our awareness and sensitivity around issues of gender, sexuality and relationship diversity.
You’ll need to book in advance for this training (though the training is free of charge) so the organisers know how many people to prepare for, but you are also welcome to arrive at 3.00pm to attend a special worship service connected to the workshop’s themes. This will be followed by refreshments and time to socialise with everyone. Finish time around 4.30pm.
To book a place on the workshop or find out more, please contact Jane Blackall on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone and leave a message on 020 7221 6514.