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April 2017: register for our annual conference; new publications; call for new board members, and more...
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Dear members, friends, supporters,

A huge welcome to our first newsletter of 2017! In the past few months, our volunteers and staff have been hard at work to plan an exciting year. Most recently, our board met for a productive weekend of discussions in Berlin. 

Among other recent developments, the Church of Norway (Den Norske Kirke) recently embraced same-sex marriage, and we extend our warmest congratulations to our Norwegian member group Åpen Kirkegruppe for this hugely positive development. We're also thrilled to see equal marriage come into force in Slovenia and Finland. 

In the coming months, our focus will be on our faith IDAHOBIT campaign (17 May) and our annual conference (24-28 May). Read more about our activities below!

Finally, in case you haven't already, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more regular updates.

Blessings, and in solidarity,
The EuroForum team

In this edition...
  • EuroForum's annual conference - registration open!
  • Call for new board members
  • Our IDAHOBIT 2017 campaign
  • Latest books and publications
  • Communications strategy: call for feedback
  • Upcoming events 
  • Member group spotlight
  • What we're reading this month
Welcome from our Communications Coordinator
Dear Members and Supporters,
As Communications Coordinator, I'm happy to inaugurate this new newsletter. The goal of this newsletter is to show the news from the board, and news from our member groups. We hope to see you at the next AGM in Gdansk, Poland! 
Quentin DEZETTER, Communications Coordinator
EuroForum annual conference - 24-28 May in Gdansk, Poland
Our annual conference takes place in the beautiful city of Gdansk, Poland, with the theme of "Forwards in Solidarity". There will be workshops, panel discussions, Equality March, and tours of the city (view the programme here). You can still join us by registering here - we'd love to see you there.
"Can a Person be both Gay and Christian?" Read the first post on our new Medium channel 
We're very happy to publish this long read by Rev. Dr. Kari Tolppanen, who focuses on theological issues and concludes that a person can, indeed, be both gay and Christian. Read it here!
IDAHOBIT #inclusivefaith declaration -
sign your name!
For International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17th, 2017, we're calling on faith leaders to say no to violence against LGBT+ people. Together, we can send a powerful message that there is no place for violence against anyone in any religious context. Anyone can sign the declaration - click here to add your name now!
Communications survey - help us grow in 2017!
We're reviewing our communications strategy this year and we're looking for your feedback. If you're part of one of our member groups and have something to suggest, please fill in the survey here.
Call for new board members
We're very happy to announce a call for new members to join our board. For more information about how to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact us.
New book available to buy on Amazon
Edited by some of our very own staff and volunteers, this new book reflects on LGBT inclusion in Eastern Orthodoxy by gathering together essays by Orthodox theologians, clergy, scholars, and activists. Learn more about their affirming message and the book here.
Upcoming events

Member group spotlight: Åpen Kirkegruppe

We were thrilled to hear that as of 1 February, 2017, lesbian and gay couples can get married in the Church of Norway. This comes after the Synod of the Church of Norway (Lutheran Protestant) voted - with a great majority - to accept the new liturgy for marriage. 

This wonderful news follows the exceptional efforts of, among others, our member group Åpen Kirkegruppe (The Open Church Group), a Christian fellowship for lesbians and gays which was founded 40 years ago. Our warmest congratulations!

Read more about the decision on PinkNews.

Does your member group have some news to share? Contact us at communications@euroforumlgbtchristians.eu
Reading list
  • Pope Francis said Christians should apologise to gay people in a recent press conference. Many are hailing this as a breakthrough in the Catholic Church's tone towards homosexuality.
  • The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) recently held a public event entitled "Women and Religion". Catch up by listening to the podcast here.
  • "What I'm really thinking: the gay Christian" - read this recent article on the Guardian.
  • Efforts to ensure women’s equality in Catholicism can readily inform efforts for LGBT equality, writes New Ways Ministry's Sr. Jeannine Gramick for International Women's Day.
  • St Paul’s Cathedral has appointed its first full-time female chorister in its 1,000-year history. Read more here.
Is there something else you'd like to see in our newsletter? Let us know!
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