News & events from the Open Table Network of LGBTQIA+
Stations of the Cross & the struggle for LGBT+ equality
THIS SUNDAY our online service will mark Palm Sunday in preparation for Easter with a modern reflection on the Stations of the Cross.
To illustrate our Stations of the Cross reflections, we will use a series of striking images from artist and pastor Mary Button, who has created many versions of this popular devotion, and reflections by lesbian Christian author, minister and historian Kittredge Cherry.
The theme of this series is 'The Struggle for LGBT Equality'. In her introduction to this series Mary Button writes:
'I believe that we can only begin to understand the meaning of the crucifixion when we take away our polished and shiny crosses and look for the cross in our own time, in our own landscape.'
OTN Trustee Augustine Tanner-Ihm & Co-Chair Sarah Hobbs will lead our reflection on who are the crucified among us today. They include LGBTQIA+ Christians who still experience judgement from the churches. Just this month we have seen harmful statements from the Vatican on blessing same-sex couples, and the Evangelical Alliance on conversion therapy.
Our online Stations of the Cross will be live on our YouTube channel this Sunday 28th March at 6.30pm. Click Subscribe to get a reminder. Join us live online, or later at your leisure. YOU are more than welcome - tell your friends!
Catch up on our news and events:
REGISTER: What would you ask John Bell, hymn-writer, minister, social justice activist, and broadcaster? Q&A with OTN Co-Chair Alex Clare-Young, Thursday 15th April 7-8pm
REMEMBER: 7 years ago this month the first Open Table community reflected 'our identity as LGBT people of faith and as an LGBT faith community' - A story from our archive
REFLECT: SpaceToBe - A reflective, prayerful online gathering for LGBT+ Christians Monday 29th March 7pm
REJOICE: Our newest Open Table community launches Thursday 1st April 7.30pm in Northallerton, North Yorkshire
READ: Our latest blogs:
A kaleidoscope of encounters - Rachel Mann’s Dazzling Darkness: Gender, sexuality, illness & God reviewed by Alex Clare-Young
Render unto Caesar - The Census dilemma by Alex Clare-Young
Conservative Christian reaction to Cadbury Creme Egg advert made real-life queer couple question their faith, by Kieran Bohan
A prayer of shelter & shadow for National Day Of Reflection by OTN Patron Pádraig Ó Tuama
RESEARCH: How do creative activities promote community & belonging for LGBTQIA+ Christians? Check out this research into Open Table communities
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Please be assured of my continuing prayers and support,
Yours in Christ,
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Kieran Bohan, Open Table Network Co-ordinator
We really look forward to welcoming you in person again soon. #ComeAsYouAre #FaithfullyLGBT #MoreThanWelcome