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Two23 Network - UK Gay LGBT Christian Network

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This Saturday 27th June, Two:23 is joining with Diverse Church and a whole host of other LGBT Christian organisations to march in the parade at Pride London.  We’re going to be sending out a message to London’s LGBT community that God loves all of us without exception.  Meet outside Methodist Church House on Marylebone Road at 11am to join us in the march.  All are welcome, including friends and relatives – the more the merrier!

 

 

Please come along and join us on Saturday 19th September, when we’re thrilled to be welcoming Canon Mark Oakley of St Paul’s Cathedral to speak to us after a time of worship together.  You’ll find Mark’s bio and some of the talks he’s given at the Greenbelt festival here.

As usual, we’ll be meeting at St Mary Aldermary from 1.30pm.  All are welcome.  For more details of maps and times and so on, click here.

 

 

‘Restoring the Broken Image’ is a day retreat for LGBT Christians run by Two:23 Team member and professional art therapist Karen.  Offering an opportunity to explore our healing and identity in Christ using prayer, scripture and art, the day will include refreshments, lunch and materials.  No gift for art is necessary!  It will take place on 11th July in Milton Keynes, 10am to 4pm.  UPDATE: A FEW SPARE PLACES HAVE BECOME AVAILABLE.  Please contact two23network@gmail.com to book one or find out more.

 

 

Thanks to all who joined us on 13th June for  Bishop Alan Wilson, an outspoken supporter of LGBT people within the church.  If you missed it, fear not, you can listen to it here:

 

Back in April, we heard from the wonderful Jo Dolby, who is a lecturer, film maker and youth worker based in Bristol.  She spoke brilliantly about communion and the way Jesus radically includes everyone at the table.  Listen to it here:

You can hear Rev Dave Tomlinson‘s February talk here:

 

 

Thank you to everyone who let us know their thoughts on Two:23 – we’ve read, digested and prayed about all of them, and are looking forward to sharing some new ideas for Two:23 at the next couple of meetings.  If you have any new thoughts or ideas, don’t hesitate to email us at two23network@gmail.com.  Always good to hear from you!

 

 

 

Calling all family members of LGBT people!  Two:23 isn’t just for LGBT people – we’ve started a group with our sister organisation Diverse Church for parents of LGBT people who would like to connect with others in a similar situation.  The next face to face meet-up will be at 12pm on 13th June before the next Two:23 meeting, and there’s a secret Facebook group too.  For more information about Diverse Church Parents check out some more details here or email parents@diversechurch.org.uk

 

 

Diverse Church is a sister organisation to Two:23.  It is a supportive community of young LGBT+ Christians in UK evangelical churches.  If you’re aged 18-30 and would like to get involved, you can find out about here, follow them on Twitter here, and watch this amazing film they made here.  Rev Sally Hitchiner, the founder of Diverse Church, spoke at Two:23 and you can hear that here:

Don’t forget you can still listen to many of our other previous talks online, including Steve Chalke’s fantastic Q&A and talk at Two:23.

Listen to all of those here.

 

 

 

Please put all our forthcoming meeting dates in your diary!  All will take place in a central London venue – sign up below to receive emails with all the details before each meeting.

19th September 2015
21st November 2015 – an all-day meeting with Padraig O’Tuama – more details to follow!
6th February 2016
16th April 2016

 

 

 

What is Two:23?

 We are a network of Christians, connected by LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues, who have discovered that God loves us just as we are. This realisation frees us to unashamedly include and encourage all to discover the love of God for themselves, pursue the call of Christ and live in a way that cherishes others just as God cherishes us.

Where are we from?

We were established in late 2012, emerging from a variety of groups and individuals, who share a common experience of having had to seriously engage with personal issues of faith and sexuality. Some of us have been involved with Courage, an LGBT-affirming ministry run by Jeremy Marks. Jeremy retired in 2012 but his pastoral work with LGBT people continues – you can read his story here.

Where does the name ‘Two:23′ come from?

The name references a verse from the Old Testament prophet Hosea, who uses his own life as an allegory for God’s promise of love to the outsider, the excluded, to those who don’t comfortably fit in. Throughout the history of scripture this has had resonance for many people who feel they don’t quite belong for whatever reason.

 

I will say to those called ‘Not my people’, ‘You are my people’; and they will say ‘You are my God’.
Hosea 2:23

 

We’ve written a reflection on the passage which you can find here.

What do we do?

We hold five key meetings a year in a central London location on a Saturday afternoon. These involve some prayer and worship as well as a talk, and of course creating lots of opportunities for people to connect with new people, as well as catching up with old friends.

 

At a time when many of our churches are still sadly struggling to cope with fully affirming and including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, our vision is to create a space where absolutely everyone is welcome, whoever you are and wherever you’re at in terms of church or issues of sexuality and sexual identity. Whether you’ve been out and proud for years, or whether you’re still working through your beliefs regarding faith, gender and sexuality, we hope you will find a welcome here, with no pressure to be anything other than yourself. If you’ve never been to an LGBT-affirming event before, we hope you’ll feel especially welcome and safe.

 

Many of us are from evangelical backgrounds, but we now represent a broad church and aim to make all feel welcome.

 

Listen to some of our previous talks here.

Come along

You can find our 2015 meeting dates, as well as directions and more information about where and when here.

 

 













 

 

 

 










 

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