Two days before the Synod of Bishops on the family, which will take place in the Vatican between 5 and 19 October 2014, various associations and Catholic groups from Europe, Africa and the United States of America will meet in Rome (On 3 October 2014) for the International Conference “The Ways of love, towards a pastoral care for LGBT people”.
“The ways of Love”. International Conference towards pastoral care with homosexual and trans people (October 3, 2014)
ANDRESS> Waldensian Faculty of Theology, Aula Magna – Rome (Italy), October 3, 2014
2.00 pm Welcome
2.45 pm Marco Politi (Journalist and Vaticanist) Introduction
3.00 pm Bishop Geoffrey Robinson “Towards a new understanding of LGBT lives and love”
3.50 pm James Alison (Theologian) “Towards global inclusion of LGBT people within Catholic communities: a new theological approach“
4.20 pm Antonietta Potente (Theologian and domenican nun) “From exile to inclusion, from waiting to contribution: a new attitude for LGBT people”
4.50 pm Coffee Break
5.20 pm Video “Needs and lives of LGBT chistian people” by Yulia Matsiy, independent Russian director and filmmaker who resides in Milan (Italy)
5.50 pm Letizia Tomassone (President of the BMV Commission on “Faith and Homosexuality” “The path of Protestant churches from prejudice to full inclusion of LGBT people”
6.20 pm Joseanne Peregin (President of Christian Life Community- Malta) “LGBT children’s parents’s fears and expectations”
6.50 pm Italian LGBT catholic representatives “Contribution and proposals from italian catholic LGBT people to the Synod”
7.00 pm Questions and Answers
8.00 pm Conclusion.
The conference is sponsored by the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups and financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the Netherlands
The organization committee (in alphabetical order not to be mentioned): Francesco Boschi (REFO, Italy); Michael Brinkschroeder (European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, Netherlands); Michael Clifton (David et Jonathan, France); Francis De Bernardo (New Ways Ministry, United States); Marianne Duddy-Burke (DignityUSA, United States); Gianni Geraci (Il Guado, Italy); David Musonda (Dette Resource Foundation, Zambia); Innocenzo Pontillo (Progetto Gionata, Italy); Andrea Rubera (Nuova Proposta, Italy); Diane Xuereb (Drachma LGBT, Malta)
Dear Friends, We are delighted to invite you to the international theological conference The Ways of Love: for Pastoral Care with homosexual and trans people which will take place on 3 October 2014 in Rome. We especially welcome every person, organization, clergy and religious affiliated committed to the inclusion of the homosexual and transgender persons in the Christian churches. The conference was conceived to help the extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops on Family starting from 4 October not to forget the homo and transgender individuals and families.
Sexual Diversity Pastoral – Santiago, Chile.
Before answering the questions from the organisers of the Ways of Love conference, we want to tell you a bit about our country and its pending tasks in the field of inclusion. We come from a land where discrimination to who is “different” is structural. We can see it and identify it in relation to indigenous peoples, migrants (especially afro-descendants), and those impoverished socially, culturally and economically.
By Silvia Lanzi (Progetto Gionata)
This is an interview to Michael Brinkschroeder the person in charge of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups. I asked him what the European Forum is and what it do.
Abstract: We read the long story of exclusion and the personal experience of those who dreamt of going through the cultural and religious barriers built by the collective understanding of gender.
Today we walk on a path of redemption and dignity. Nevertheless, we are still in exile in the social and political environment where our faith is at stake and if we want to live by the freedom of speech.
Antonietta Potente, theologian. Born near the Ligurian sea in 1958, antonietta, upon completing her studies, became a Dominican nun and embraced a nomadic spirituality, that she still follows. In 1989 she gained a PhD in Moral theology in Rome.
She taught in Rome and Florence in several universities and centres for theological studies until 1993. Her theological work put her in contact with Africa and South America and pushed her to leave Italy. From 1994 to 2012 she lived in Bolivia where she taught at the university of Cochabamba and in other theological centres in South America.
She helped the liberation process of the Bolivian people and of a few groups of women in the outskirts of the same city. Her theology established a daily dialogue with the local cultures breaking the classical patterns. Today she works with Italian universities.
Her mystic-political passion prompts her to look for a practical theology which is not far from the reality, because theology cannot belong to a small entourage.
She loves the art of writing and, from among her many works, we cite only the last two: ‘A fragile good: reflections on ethics’ (‘Un bene fragile: riflessioni sull’etica’. Mondadori 2011) and ‘Human more human’ (‘Umano più umano’, Le Piagge 2013).
Translated from Italian by Claudio Abate / Andrew Lyon / Jonathan – ecumenical project on faith and homosexuality