All Saints Presents.... is our new monthly lecture series, where we invite guest speakers to share their perspectives on important topics facing the church and the world today.
Our first series for autumn 2022 is Queer Theology. We’re excited to invite three guest speakers to share their perspectives on the church, theology and the LGBTQ+ community.
The format of the sessions will be a talk plus Q&A, and One Bread café will be open afterwards serving drinks and refreshments so you can stick around to continue the conversation.
The lectures are free to attend, and there will be a retiring collection for All Saints' local social action projects.
Oct 6th, 7pm - Charlie Bell - ‘Queer Holiness: LGBTQI lives and loves in the Church'
LGBTQI people in the church have spent a long time being told what God expects of them and how they should behave. From prohibitions on who they might love or marry, to erasure and denial, the theological record is one in which LGBTQI people are far too often objectified and their lives seen as the property of others.
In this talk, Charlie will touch on themes covered in his recently published book, ‘Queer Holiness’, which seeks to find a better way to do theology – not about, but with and of LGBTQI people – taking insights from the sciences and personal narratives as it seeks to answer the question: 'What does human flourishing look like?'.
Nov 3rd, 7pm - Hannah Cartwright - ‘Queer Calling: the priestly character of queer Christians'
Queer people and Christians alike are used to walking between worlds, and Queer Christians play a unique role in representing one to the other. This talk will explore the nature of queer calling and ask what part Queer Christians might play in the story of salvation.
Dec 1st, 7pm - Chrissie Chevasutt - ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side' - walking in Queer Theology from 3,000BC to today'
In a change to the planned programme, we are delighted to welcome Chrissie Chevasutt as our speaker for December.
Chrissie is 63, a former Vineyard Pastor, a husband, father and transgender theologian. She is trans femme, and seems to ruffle feathers wherever she goes.
Chrissie was recently appointed as the outreach worker to the trans, intersex and non-binary communities at St Columba’s United Reformed Church in Oxford, offering pastoral care and support, and helping the church to better understand what it means to be trans in all its forms, to raise awareness of needs, issues and rights for trans and non-binary people so that the Church is better informed and can offer appropriate support.