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Fresh Streams Theology School

17–18 June 2020 (Wed–Thu)
St Peter's Baptist Church

Jayne Ozanne
Jayne Ozanne
Stephen Holmes
Stephen Holmes
Simon Woodman
Simon Woodman
Anne Whitton
Anne Whitton
Luke Dowding
Luke Dowding

Human Sexuality

2020 Subject: Human Sexuality

Do you wish you had more time to reflect on the key issues of our day? Do you share a passion to do theology
well at the coal face of ministry and mission? Would you love to spend two days engaging with eminent
theologians who will stretch your thinking, with plenty of time for discussion, interaction, and good food and
hospitality? Whether you’re a church leader, part of a leadership team, a student, or just interested in
theology, you’ll love Fresh Streams Theology School 2020.

What will we discuss?

At Conference 2019 delegates identified Human Sexuality as the key area church leaders would value greater
input in theologically, recognising that this is a matter on which there is serious disagreement. The
contributors to Theology School in 2020 disagree about this amongst themselves also, whilst agreeing that
our churches must take seriously their welcome of those who identify as LGBT+.

With grace and courage, delegates are invited to listen attentively, engage fully, study the scriptures carefully, and consider how those who disagree can thrive together as the people of God in loving fellowship and mutual respect in the same church. Our hope is that you will feel empowered and resourced to facilitate thiscrucial conversation in your own setting when you go home.

Pre Course Recommended Reading

Before joining us in June we recommend you reading ‘The Courage to be Baptist: A Statement on Baptist
Ecclesiology and Human Sexuality found at www.somethingtodeclare.org.uk/statement.html 

Bookings can be made by clicking here

Contributors

Jayne Ozanne

Jayne Ozanne

Well-known gay evangelical who works to ensure full inclusion of all LGBTI Christians at every level of the Church, Jayne is Director of the Ozanne Foundation, working with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to embrace and celebrate the equality and diversity of all. In 2019 she was appointed to join the government’s LGBT Advisory Panel. A founding member of the Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England (1999 – 2004) and now a member of General Synod, she is involved in campaigning for a range of issues. In 2017 Jayne led a debate on the dangers of Conversion Therapy within the Church of England, which resulted in them calling on the government to ban it. She is actively engaged through her writings and broadcasts in helping the Church develop and promote a positive Christian ethic towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

Stephen Holmes

Stephen Holmes

Stephen is Head of the School of Divinity and Principal of St Mary’s College at the University of St Andrews, where he has worked for the past fourteen years. He is a Baptist Minister, and presently on the leadership team of St Andrews Baptist Church. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Systematic Theology and The Pacific Journal of Baptist Research. One of four contributors to ‘Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church’ Stephen addresses not only biblical and theological questions, but also the pressing pastoral questions for the church. Steven was also one of the joint authors of The Courage to be Baptist: A Statement on Baptist Ecclesiology and Human Sexuality

Simon Woodman

Simon Woodman

Simon is Minister of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in the West End of London, and Free Church Chaplain at King’s College London. His main research interest is the Book of Revelation. He has previously been a market stall holder on Camden Market, a Baptist Minister in Bristol, the Tutor in Biblical Studies at South Wales Baptist College, and a lecturer in New Testament Studies at Cardiff University. He is married to Liz, and they recently celebrated their silver wedding anniversary. Joint author of The Courage to be Baptist: A Statement on Baptist Ecclesiology and Human Sexuality with Stephen Holmes and five others, Simon brings his biblical scholarship and his pastoral experience to his concern that the church fully include those who are LGBTQ+.

Anne Whitton

Anne Whitton

Anne is involved in the leadership of her local church and True Freedom Trust, a Christian Ministry that offers pastoral support and biblical teaching on same-sex attractions. True Freedom Trust’s vision is to see the Church uphold traditional biblical teaching on sexual relationships and gender with understanding and compassion, so that Christians who struggle with same-sex attractions or gender identity gain increasing acceptance, wholeness and maturity in faith within their local church. Living Out is co-ordinated by three Christian leaders, including Anne, who each experience same sex attraction. Anne also works part time for Living Out as their Research and Resource Manager.

Luke Dowding

Luke Dowding

Luke has a degree in Theology from Spurgeon’s College and a Masters in Biblical Studies at King’s College London. A Deacon and Trustee at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Stonewall School and Faith Role Model and pioneer of LGBT+ inclusion within the Baptist Union of Great Britain. In 2016 he married Steven, the first same-gender marriage within the wider Baptist Union of Great Britain. Luke is Executive Director for OneBodyOneFaith, the oldest Christian LGBT+ members network in the UK. He is Committee Chair for Christians at Pride in London. Carrying a breadth business management experience from a decade of working within the advertising industry in London, he is now transforming that learning into innovative Inclusion and Diversity training for corporate, charity and faith bodies alike. Luke is a fervent campaigner and fundraiser for LGBT+ rights in Albania.

Venue: St Peter's Baptist Church

Eden Close,St Peter's, Worcester WR5 3tZ

Price

  • £70.00 — Full 2 Day Conference
  • £40.00 — Student Rate
  • £60.00 — Early Bird Rate (before 31.3.20

Prices include refreshments and lunch

How to book

Bookings can be made by visiting www.stpetersbaptist.org.uk/theology2020