The Queerness of Faith Retreat with Rev Elizabeth Edmans

October 11, 2024
05:00 pm - 04:00 pm

The Greenhouse at Barnes Close
Bromsgrove, B61 0RA


October 11 - 05:00 pm


October 13 - 04:00 pm


The Greenhouse at Barnes Close

Bromsgrove, B61 0RA

An authentic spiritual life is embodied, relational, and honest. How can queer and trans experience help us walk such a path and walk it well?

Join us 11-13 October 2024 for this three-day journey with Rev Elizabeth Edman to explore what faith means and how we can live it together. This retreat is for all people of faith, queer or trans, cisgender or straight, ages 15+. Familiarity with the Christian tradition will be helpful but is not required.

Pricing Options:

  • Standard full weekend price – £200
  • Full weekend + Donation to Generosity Pot – £250
  • Full weekend, drawing from the Generosity Pot – £100

Reserve your spot or enquire about costings by ringing 01562 710278 or emailing

This retreat is being hosted by The Greenhouse at Barnes Close in collaboration with Inclusive Gathering Birmingham.

About Liz Edman:
Liz Edman (she/her) is an Episcopal priest and political strategist who has been igniting people’s understanding of Christianity and queer life for more than 25 years.

Liz is the author of the groundbreaking book Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ people know about life and love and how it can revitalise Christianity. Liz is also the chair of the board of the NYC Anti-Violence Project – the largest anti-LGBTQ violence organisation in the United States. AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organising and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Liz has lived and worked on the front lines of some of the most salient contemporary issues where religion meets sexuality, serving as an inner city hospital chaplain to people with HIV/AIDS from 1989 to 1995, helping craft political and communications strategies for marriage equality efforts, and persevering for almost two decades to become an openly queer priest in the Episcopal Church.

In 2017, Liz conceived and helped organize Glitter+Ash Wednesday, an immersive liturgical event exploring Christian theology and liturgy through a queer lens. More than 150 congregations in three countries marked Glitter+Ash Wednesday. The event received national press attention, including in Religion News Service, The Huffington Post, Fox News, USA Today, The Conversation, The Los Angeles Times, the Wichita Herald, and the Des Moines Register. Glitter+Ash continues to be celebrated in congregations across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

She is the granddaughter of V. Raymond Edman, a prominent evangelical leader of the mid-20th Century and president of Wheaton College (IL) from 1940 to 1965.

Born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Liz has lived most of her adult life in New York City. She is a member of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the LGBTQ synagogue in Manhattan.

About The Greenhouse:
The Greenhouse at Barnes Close is a retreat and education centre for rooted faith and flourishing communities. A historic Cadbury site situated in the beautiful Waseley Hills just outside of Birmingham.

About Inclusive Gathering Birmingham:
IGB is a diverse, LGBTQIA+ affirming, justice-seeking church for all that meets in the centre of Birmingham in the heart of the Gay Village at 3pm every Sunday afternoon. Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is a part of the Inclusive Church Network and the Birmingham Methodist District. Read more about what makes us tick at