August 6th, 2013 by Sarah and Rachel
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!
July 10th, 2012 by Sarah and Rachel
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.
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.
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 …
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!
July 4th, 2011 by Sarah and Rachel
A big thank you to St Bride’s church Open Table group in Liverpool for such a warm welcome when we came to speak on 19 June. If only we lived closer, then we’d be there every month!
This glorious church building hosts concerts, art exhibitions, Sunday services and – of course – the monthly Open Table worship for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their friends, where all are welcome whatever denomination they belong to.
We spent the afternoon sharing stories from Living It Out and reflecting on the importance of sharing our own stories. This theme was returned to in the following Eucharist service.
May 7th, 2011 by Sarah and Rachel
Here are the final details of our forthcoming trip to Liverpool.
We’re there on Sunday 19th June, from 4pm, at St Bride’s Church We’ll be contributing to their regular Open Table LGBT Service.
Open Table has been running at St Bride’s for three years. The group meets monthly and all are warmly welcomed.
4.30pm Rachel & Sarah Hagger-Holt speak; read from Living It Out and answer questions.
Break for refreshments
6.30pm Eucharist (with Sarah preaching).
Hope to see you there!
April 14th, 2011 by Sarah and Rachel
We’re just back from Minehead and another Spring Harvest. There seems to have been a very positive shift over the past few years, from speakers who were quite overtly anti-gay to those who think far more carefully about how to support the faith of people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB), their families and supporters.
We especially enjoyed catching up with Andrew Marin (President & Founder of the Marin Foundation) again, and meeting Brenda Marin (Director of Business Operations at the Marin Foundation) for the first time. Andrew gave us the opportunity to talk a little about Living It Out from the front at one of his sessions, which was a great privilege.