Our next Two:23 meeting will be on Saturday 20th September. Our speaker will be Benny Hazlehurst, the leader of Accepting Evangelicals. For ten years, Benny and Accepting Evangelicals have been tirelessly working to encourage evangelicals to adopt a more accepting and affirming attitude towards LGBT people, and we’re thrilled to be hearing from him at Two:23. To find out more about Benny, check out his blog here. Arrive at St Mary Aldermary from 1.30pm for a 2.23pm start. As always, all are welcome.
Our friends at Accepting Evangelicals are celebrating 10 years of working towards the full acceptance of LGBT people in evangelical churches with a service at St John’s Waterloo on 18th October 2014. Vicky Beeching and Steve Chalke will be speaking, and worship will be led by our very own Jane, Bev and Sig. Tickets are free, but need to be booked in advance here.
At Two:23 on 29th November 2014, our speaker will be Rev Sally Hitchiner, who runs our sister organisation Diverse Church, for 18-30 year old LGBT Christians. She’s also the senior chaplain and interfaith adviser at Brunel University, and a commentator on all things faith and justice related, from Greenbelt to the One Show. Read a fantastic article about Sally and Diverse Church here.
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.
Don’t forget you can still listen to many of our previous talks online, including Steve Chalke’s fantastic Q&A and talk from November last year.
Listen to all of those here.
Please put all our forthcoming meeting dates in your diary! St Mary Aldermary in central London are very generously hosting us for all of them.
20th September 2014
29th November 2014
7th February 2015
18th April 2015
13th June 2015
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 are a new network, 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’.
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
You can find our 2014 meeting dates, as well as directions and more information about where and when here
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