Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Armenia was represented at European gay Christian gathering in England

Nice to know that gay Armenians are becoming part of various LGBT related networks across Europe. Local English newspaper called this gathering "a success".

CHRISTIAN homosexuals from across Europe gathered in London Colney to discuss the problems presented by their sexuality and faith.

The Rainbow Ecumene, a network of gay, lesbian and trans-sexual groups, held its annual meeting at All Saints Pastoral Centre in Shenley Lane between Thursday and Sunday.

Co-president Brenda Harrison said: "It was a very thoughtful event, but we had fun as well. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians are members of all denominations across Europe, both as ordained ministers and as lay people. Sometimes they are able to live openly, often they must keep their sexuality concealed. In east Europe there is no protection against discrimination, even under civil law."

She said most Christian denominations oppressed homosexuals by forbidding them to be ministers, or in some cases even worship.

Traditional Christian morality holds that any sex outside marriage between a man and a woman is sinful.

More than 100 people attended the event, from as far away as Armenia and Moldova.

Speakers included MEP Richard Howitt and Dean of St Albans Jeffrey John.

*source - St Albans & Harpenden Review; /emphasis mine/

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