Links & Resources
Growing in Faith
"To have eyes for the good things of the Lord is to live by faith, to see life with the eyes of faith."
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street - The Church where we worship. Farm Street, the Jesuit church in the Mayfair district of London, has a special place in the hearts of many people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. For over a hundred and sixty years it has served a community drawn to this church by its reputation for spiritual and intellectual vigour.
Diocese of Westminster - The website of the Diocese of Westminster. The diocesan boundaries include the London Boroughs north of the Thames, between the River Lea to the East, the Borough of Hillingdon to the West, and including the Couty of Hertfordshire to the North.
Progetto Gionata - An Italian website which include a number of resources related to LGBT issues and faith. In addition to the articles in Italian, there is a section of related English news.
James Alison Theology - A website which aims to bring together James Alison's texts and other materials, audio and video, which are available online. James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest and author.
Sacred Space - A space of daily prayer online.
The Friars, Aylesford - Centre in Kent where we stay for our annual retreat.
Resources for Family Members and Parents of LGBTQ Persons
Fears and hopes as a Catholic mother of a gay son – a parent’s perspective - Presentation by Joseanne Peregin (President of Christian Life Community, Malta – “LGBT children’s parents’s fears and expectations”) for “The ways of Love”, an International Conference towards pastoral care with homosexual and trans people (Rome, Italy, October 3, 2014)
Fortunate Families - A group of Catholic parents with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Multiple LGBTQ children supporting other parents so as to affirm, celebrate and seek equality for their families.
Interesting Links From Around The World
Owning our faith - A new video was just released by LGBT Catholics: Owning Our Faith, a project led by young Catholic individuals who are dedicated to using social media to achieve full LGBT acceptance in the Roman Catholic Church. The video features personal views and experiences from Catholic LGBT individuals that highlight the difficulties of being an LGBT individual of the Roman Catholic faith, and express the need for full acceptance within the community. In addition, their families and other members of the church voice their advocacy for acceptance and support for the LGBT community within the Roman Catholic Church.
Other Catholic and Christian LGBT Groups
LGBT Catholics Westminster - This community is welcoming and open to all Catholics, with an active fellowship of many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Catholics, as well as their parents, families and friends. LGBT Catholics YAG is affiliated with this community.
European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups - An Ecumenical Association of LGBT Christan Groups in Europe
Drachma Malta - A space open to all persons of good will who seek sexual and spiritual integration.
Katie is a nurse on a children's ward and a practising Christian in the Roman Catholic Church. She is also gay. She talks honestly and movingly about how she struggled to reconcile her faith with her feelings, and about the welcome she eventually found in the church community. Katie is also a member of LGBT Catholics YAG.
Vicky Beeching's journey has been a fascinating one: After becoming a household name in Christian music, Vicky came out as gay in 2014 at the age of 35. Due to her notoriety as an international thought-leader within a very traditional, conservative branch of Christianity, her coming out sparked a vast response. It triggered conversations around the world, leading to the Guardian calling Beeching “arguably the most influential Christian of her generation” due to her contribution to changing the Church’s views on LGBT equality.
Her media work has been recognised with a series of awards and nominations. She was short-listed for ‘LGBT Broadcaster of the Year’ at the British LGBT Awards 2016, alongside Evan Davis, Gok Wan and Claire Balding. She advises a variety of organisations – including the United Nations – on the intersection of LGBT equality and religion.
Vicky Beeching's Keynote speech at the Reformation in Kansas city - An inspirational talk where Vicky shares her personal faith journey and coming out experience.
Building a Bridge
This book has been adapted from an address given by Fr James Martin SJ to New Ways Ministry, a group that ministers to and advocates for LGBT Catholics. Building a Bridge provides a roadmap for repairing and strengthening the bonds that unite all of us as God's children. Fr Martin uses the image of a two-way bridge to enable LGBT Catholics and the Church to come together in a call to end the "us" versus "them" mentality. Turning to the Catechism, he draws on the three criteria at the heart of the Christian ministry—"respect, compassion, and sensitivity"—as a model for how the Catholic Church should relate to the LGBT community.