The Bible & Same-Sex Relationships – Weekend Workshop with Rev Jide Macaulay
November 11, 2023
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Old Bookshop at Carrs Lane
Carrs Lane Church Centre
Birmingham City Centre, B4 7SX
How does the way we understand Scripture shape the way we live in community with others? How is LGBTQIA+ inclusion and affirmation deeply Christian AND faithful to an honest reading of the Biblical texts?
Join us for this interactive workshop with Rev Jide Macaulay held over two days in Birmingham City Centre to explore these questions and more. Hosted by Inclusive Gathering Birmingham and House of Rainbow.
Saturday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM):
- Introduction and Icebreaker: Setting the tone and getting to know each other.
- Topic 1: Queering the Bible & Creationism
- Topic 2: Same Sex Relationship in the Bible
- Lunch Break: Time for people to have lunch, either by bringing their own food or getting something from nearby options.
- Topic 3:Terror Text or Clobber Passages
- Topic 4: Homoeroticism in the Bible & Unnatural Acts in Romans, Key Issues in Romans & Corinthians.
- Wrap-up and Q&A: Summarizing the day’s discussions and answering any questions.
Sunday (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM):
- Recap: A brief summary of the previous day’s key points for those who attended.
- Topic : Queering the Bible & Creationism; Same Sex Relationship in the Bible & Terror Text or Clobber Passages
- Open Discussion: Encouraging participants to share their thoughts and experiences related to the topics covered so far.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: All people of good will who are honestly exploring these important questions are welcome to join us. We recognise that we are all on a journey and part of that is making space to learn and grow and stretch ourselves… which isn’t always a neat and tidy process. In order to care for one another and especially for Jide as he leads, we want to be absolutely clear that this gathering is no place for homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, harassment or any form of discrimination. All attendees will be expected to treat each other with respect, compassion & love, and to also be committed to addressing injustice and learning together. Anyone who isn’t willing to adjust their behaviour to fit within this learning ethos may be asked to leave the session.
Reverend Jide Macaulay is a prominent figure and an openly gay British-Nigerian based in London. He is the Founder and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC, a Christian minister since 1998, and an Anglican Priest. With an impressive educational background, Jide holds a degree in Law, a master’s degree in Theology, and a post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Theology.
Jide’s ministry is deeply rooted in the principles of inclusion and reconciliation, focusing on harmonizing sexuality, spirituality, and human rights. His advocacy work extends to various organizations, where he has served as a Board of Trustee at Kaleidoscope Trust UK, and a Trustee for Global Interfaith Network. Presently, he holds the position of Chairperson for INERELA+ Europe, and is a Patron at ReportOut, Chair of One Voice Network, HIV-Mentor at Positive East, and George House Trust.
His dedication and efforts have earned him recognition, as he served as a Judge at the British LGBT Award in 2023, and received multiple nOSCARS Awards in 2014, 2017, and 2018. Reverend Jide Macaulay also contributes as a Volunteer Chaplain at Mildmay HIV Hospital and a Volunteer Champion at Afruca Children’s Charity, further exemplifying his commitment to social causes and activism.
Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is a diverse, justice-seeking, LGBTQIA+ affirming church for all based in Birmingham City Centre’s Southside District. We are a part of the Birmingham Methodist District and the Inclusive Church Network. Details at www.inclusivegathering.org.uk.
House of Rainbow provides support and encouragement, especially to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ+) people of colour, that it is OK to be LGBTIQ+ and be a person of faith .
Through one to one support, group gatherings and training workshops, House of Rainbow helps people over time to heal and celebrate they are. We also provide support and encouragement to families and allies.