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St James’ Institute Public Lecture: Unashamedly Gay, Unashamedly Christian

Sunday 26 February | 5:00pm (AEDT)

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Can you be gay and Christian? For too long, many churches have said ‘no’ – creating untold misery for thousands of LGBTQ+ Christians and causing many to consider taking their lives because of their internal turmoil. Jayne knows this only too well, having spent 20 years going through ‘conversion therapy’ and being hospitalised twice due to the stress. As a senior evangelical and a founding member of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council, she also knows the trauma of coming out when all around you disapprove. Ms Ozanne has since given her life to trying to safeguard LGBTQ+ people of faith and now works with senior leaders of all faiths to help them understand the harm that is being done in the name of traditional religion. This free public lecture will focus on why Jayne believes God is calling people of faith to rediscover God’s unconditional love of all.

This public lecture will be preceded at 4 pm by Choral Evensong sung by the Choir of St James’. The music for the service will feature gay composers.

Jayne Ozanne is Director of the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives. She is one of the UK’s most prominent gay Christians and is currently a member of the Church of England’s General Synod. Jayne presented her autobiography Just Love: A Journey of Self-Acceptance and research into the harms of ‘conversion therapy’ to Pope Francis in 2019 as part of her international campaign to ban the abhorrent practices.

Jayne Ozanne image: Markus Bidaux

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