21st November 2015 will be the first Two:23 Day Retreat, led by Pádraig Ó Tuama, Leader of the Corrymeela Community, on the theme of ‘Fully alive in God, living well with all our identities’.
It will take place at St Luke’s Church Holloway, in North London, from 10am until 6pm, finishing with a communion service led by Dave Tomlinson. It will be more reflective and contemplative in style than a regular Two:23 meeting, with time for prayer and discussion.
We’re asking for a contribution of £10 to cover costs of the day including lunch.
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Thanks to all who joined us at our September meeting for a wonderful time with Canon Mark Oakley. Listen to Mark’s talk here:
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Coming up next in 2015:
21st November 2015 – Day Conference at St Luke’s Holloway
And coming up on Saturday afternoons in 2016:
6th February 2016 – Rev Cecilia Eggleston
16th April 2016 – Family
11th June 2016 – Rev David Gillett
17th September 2016 – Wendy Beech-Ward
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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’.
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 2015 and 2016 meeting dates, as well as directions and more information about where and when here
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