The Challenge of the Cross

March 22nd, 2015 by Sarah and Rachel

We were delighted to be welcomed to All Saints High Wycombe on Wednesday, to speak as part of a series of Lent talks organised by Churches Together in High Wycombe.

The focus of the talks is ‘The Challenge of the Cross’. We used extracts from Living It Out to explore a range of understandings of the cross from the perspective of LGB people. Thank you to everyone who welcomed us so warmly; and in particular to Karen who brought rainbow cakes, and to all who shared their experiences  with us after the talk.

Spiritual Director trainees, and a Sexual Diversity Discussion Group

March 9th, 2015 by Sarah and Rachel

Last month we were invited to provide a training session to 2nd year trainee Spiritual Directors in the St Albans Diocese. We found a warm, wise and open group of people, who were willing to think about their own experiences and the way these impact on their relationships with others. It was an honour to be part of their journey to becoming fully-fledged Spiritual Directors.

Sarah has also been a guest speaker at the Sexual Diversity Discussion Group at Northwood Methodist Church. Many thanks to all there for their attentiveness and interesting questions and discussion.

5 year reunion!

March 9th, 2015 by Sarah and Rachel

Book launch reunion photo 2In November 2014, we were delighted to celebrate Living It Out‘s fifth anniversary with some of the original contributors and others who made the book possible.

We shared stories from the last five years, and discussed the ways in which we’d seen Living It Out make a difference to the lives of LGB Christians and the wider church.

Thank you to everyone who was able to come – it was lovely to see you again. And thank you to everyone who sent messages, good wishes and updates.

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Tweet us!

August 6th, 2013 by Sarah and Rachel

We both have twitter accounts – follow Sarah @campaignsarah or Rachel @Livingitoutbook

Greenbelt 2012

August 15th, 2012 by Sarah and Rachel

We’ve been emailed to ask if we’re speaking at Greenbelt this year. Sadly we’re not speakers this time, but we are going along to the Festival as we love it!

If you’re going to be there and fancy meeting for a coffee, just drop us a line and we can swap details (if you use our online contact form, please can you double check that you give us the right email address, as we’ve had a couple of people’s messages that we couldn’t reply to because the email address was wrong). Many thanks!

Win a copy of Living It Out!

July 10th, 2012 by Sarah and Rachel

I’ve been interviewed for a great website called What’s Good to Do. See what I said here! If you’re reading this before 30.7.2012 you can also enter a competition to win a copy of the book.

What does Christmas mean to you?

December 27th, 2011 by Sarah and Rachel

Got two minutes to spare on New Year’s Eve?

Watch Sarah on 4thought.tv (Channel 4, 7.05pm on 31 December 2011) talking about what Christmas means to her as a lesbian Christian. Or you can watch it online right now.

Living It Out goes global

October 22nd, 2011 by Sarah and Rachel

Yes, it has finally happened. Living It Out has gone global.

We’ve been selling copies around the world since the book was first published – but last week we gave our first book talk outside the UK  while on holiday in Bulgaria.

We spoke to an international audience at the British Council in Sofia. The context for LGB rights in very different than in the UK, with no equivalent to civil partnerships or legal rights for same-sex parent Although the city does host a Pride parade, being gay, lesbian or bisexual is rarely spoken about.

We were also interested to learn how different church culture is: most of the population are Orthodox, but very few are part of a local church community in the way we might see in the UK.

All in all, we felt very welcomed and had a wonderful time. And here we are pictured with Chargé d’affaires of the British Embassy,  Catherine Barber.

Another Greenbelt gone…

September 21st, 2011 by Sarah and Rachel

We have just finished all our unpacking from Greenbelt (…OK, it took us a few weeks to get the tent back into the attic…) and recovered from four nights under canvas.

Outerspace were there – flying the pink flag for LGBT Christians at Greenbelt, with a fabulous 1950s-style information stall and a programme of packed out events and talks. We were delighted to catch up with old friends, meet new readers and sign copies of Living It Out at the festival bookshop.

Sarah also chaired a panel of LGBT Christians who shared their ‘dreams of home’, experiences of church and wise advice in response to audience questions.

Now it’s time to start planning for next year …

Greenbelt 2011… here we come!

August 23rd, 2011 by Sarah and Rachel

We’re dusting off our sleeping bags, shaking the Camping Gas to see if there’s any left, and checking the weather forecast hourly (…surely it won’t rain as much as currently predicted?).

If you’d like to meet up at Greenbelt this year, we’re involved with a couple of events.

On Friday evening at 9.30pm, Sarah is chairing an Outerspace panel discussion ‘Dreams of Home’. Finding a spiritual home for LGBT Christians can seem like an unattainable dream. This panel session will be an opportunity to hear from individuals who have managed to find a spiritual space they can call home, whether that is within formalised church or without. This session will be in one of the Workshop rooms in the grandstand.

Then on Sunday afternoon at 5.30pm, we’re holding a book signing in the book shop. Don’t feel you have to buy the book (although of course, you can!) – just pop along and say ‘hi’.

Hope to see you there!