Digest ending week of 27 April 2014

  1. Journey News
  2. Weekly Worship
  3. Future Events
  4. Journey Film Club
  5. Green Suggestion
  1. JOURNEY NEWS

LGBT Asylum Group@ Birmingham BLGBT Centre

The group will meet at 5:00pm this Sunday at the BLGBT centre to explore ideas

BOARD MEMBERS

We are looking for new Board Members.

This is an exciting and demanding role. It provides me with a sounding board and looks at the strategies and safeguarding of Journey. We need to find a new Board for the successful development of our community. We are looking for people with a passion for our church.

There is a meeting each month two of 1.5 hours and one strategy meeting of 4 hours per quarter. There is also the role of representing the church. We might be able to find someone else to do say the book-keeping and the treasurer’s role is to manage and report on our finances.

Please prayerfully consider if you might be interested in such a role or you could recommend another member or friend. Please talk to me or another Board Member, come along to a Board Meeting and I will run a session for those interested.

From: Andre and Jeremy, All Out [mailto:info]
Sent: 16 April 2014 10:23
To: mozpam
Subject: A lesbian sentenced to death

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"I was forced to endure the murder of three members of my family, who were killed because of my sexuality. I was sentenced to death. I fled for my life."
– Aderonke, Nigerian lesbian in the UK.

Call on the UK Home Secretary to stop Aderonke’s deportation.

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Dear Pam,

Aderonke’s family was killed and she was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death in Nigeria for being a lesbian. She fled to safety in the UK.

She went through a humiliating interrogation by UK officials who didn’t believe she’s a lesbian. Aderonke’s waiting to hear from a judge who could decide to send her back to Nigeria – where she could be killed.

But there’s still a chance to help her. The UK Home Office just announced that the process they use for lesbian, gay, bi and trans asylum cases like this is degrading – but so far no changes have been made.

If thousands of us speak out right now, we can create a massive media story that could convince the Home Office to take the next logical step and halt the deportations. Will you sign the petition to Home Office Secretary Theresa May now?
https://www.allout.org/aderonke

It’s not just Aderonke’s life at stake.There’s dozens more LGBT asylum seekers facing the same. One man from Cameroon, who’s bisexual and blind, reported last week that he was beaten by deportation officers.

Theresa May’s already said that some people have been forced to submit video of themselves having sex or answer humiliating questions during hours of interrogation. And, many people who provide evidence to the Home Office that they will be jailed or killed for who they love have been deported back into danger anyway.

May has the power – and the responsibility – to stop the Home Office from deporting Aderonke until they can be sure everyone’s being treated fairly and humanely. But the Home Office may think they’ve done enough by agreeing to review their process – unless UK citizens and the global media hold them accountable. Sign now and demand Theresa May take action:
https://www.allout.org/aderonke

The very first campaign All Out members joined together on was to stop the UK from sending a woman back to Uganda where she could be jailed for who she loved. Last year, thousands of us called the Home Office to try to stop the deportation of a young gay man to Nigeria.

If we can all speak out right now and get Theresa May to halt the deportation of Aderonke and all other LGBT asylum seekers like her, this could be the last time we have to do this. With fair and humane processes and training for Home Office staff dealing with these cases, people like Aderonke could have a real shot at justice and safety when they’re genuinely fleeing for their lives.

Sign now to help Aderonke: https://www.allout.org/aderonke

Thanks for going All Out,

Andre, Hayley, Jeremy, Mike, Pablo, Sara and the rest of the All Out team.

P.S. The All Out office team’s in touch with Aderonke. She says that this campaign isn’t just important for her but also for other LGBT asylum seekers whose voices are unheard and are facing this hostile asylum process. Will you join Aderonke as she bravely fights for her life and the lives of others in the same danger? https://www.allout.org/aderonke

SOURCES:

Review ordered into intrusive questioning of asylum seekers – The Telegraph, 28 March 2014
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10730856/Review-ordered-into-questioning-over-intrusive-questioning-of-gay-asylum-seekers.html

Home office reviews questioning of asylum seekers – The Guardian, 8 February 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/08/home-office-gay-asylum-seekers-questioning

Blind bisexual asylum seeker beaten by UK deportation officers – Gay Star News, 10 April 2014
http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/blind-bisexual-asylum-seeker-beaten-uk-deportation-officers100414

Gay asylum seekers humiliated by Home Office – The Guardian, 8 February 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/08/gay-asylum-seekers-humiliation-home-office

Asylum interview policy guidelines – UK Home Office
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/conducting-the-asylum-interview-process

Missing the Mark – UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, 13 September 2013
http://www.uklgig.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Missing-the-Mark.pdf

  1. WEEKLY WORSHIP

11 -12:15 am Emmaus Road with an interactive sermon, prayer space, Communion and songs @ St Paul’s.

3 -4:30 25th May Quest4Spirituality Explorers Group @ St Paul’s using ‘Living the Questions’ Dream Think Do Be www.livingthequestions.com/xcart/home.php?cat=450 looking at the Christian faith and what questions do we have. 4th Sunday of the month. www.youtube.com/user/livingthequestionsplease invite your friends.

4-5 pm 11 May Quest4Spirituality @ Book café Derby DE11 1QH the second Sunday of each month. This is an informal discussion group for LGBT and friends.

5 -7 pm Illuminate @ BLGBT Centre 38/40 Holloway Circus B1 1EQ

Illuminate is a non-religious space with no formal liturgy sacred and secular music playing. Some silence is observed in a darkened room, a discussion followed led by a group member or an informal chat in the second half. It is a space for reflection and inspiration without a particular religious dimension.

  1. FUTURE EVENTS

Journey’s 10th Anniversary

Saturday 10th May 10 -4pm Dr Nicola Slee’s retreat at Westhill Selly Oak ‘Celebrating the Risen Christa’ www.queens.ac.uk/about/staff/dr-nicola-slee/ www.amazon.com/Seeking-Risen-Christa-Nicola-Slee/dp/0281062560 Price £20 with a minimum of £5 to cover lunch for concessions. Deposit £5 with booking.

Sunday 18th May 11 : 00 am Rev Sharon Ferguson head of LGCM and MCC North London will preach at our main service of celebration www.lgcm.org.uk/about-us/ and http://mccnorthlondon.org.uk/aboutus/who-we-are/

Sunday 25th May 2 -5 pm Celebrating Birmingham Pride in BLGBT Centre

18-20 July Weekend Away ‘Celebrating Our Spiritual Journeys’ @ Haye Farm Bewdley £20 deposit. Costs minimum (camping) £45, breakeven £100 normal price £125

  1. JOURNEY FILM CLUB

www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk Open 6.45 pm film starts at 7 pm on Tuesday prompt @ BLGBT Centre B1 1EQ.

Film Showings

TUE 6 MAY – THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL @ LGBT CENTRE BIRMINGHAM

THU 15 MAY- MRS DOUBTFIRE @ ORT CAFÉ, BALSALL HEATH 7PM

TUE 20 MAY- SHANK @ LGBT CENTRE BIIRMINGHAM

SAT 24 MAY- BIRMINGHAM PRIDE – LES MISERABLES (TIME OF SHOWING TBA) @ LGBT CENTRE BIRMINGHAM

  1. GREEN SUGGESTIONS

GET SOME PLANTS

FORGET AIR FRESHENERS

These ‘natural air conditioners’ can remove up to 87% of indoor pollution in 24 hours

Friday 23rd May, 4pm – Late

Birmingham Pride Summer Musical Soiree & Garden Party @

David and Paul’s House – 23 Link Road, Edgbaston, B16 0EP – see https://www.facebook.com/paulnaylor-gray for location & contact details etc

Buffet Provided. Bring a Bottle/Bottles. Elegant Summer Dress, with Cross-Dressing or ‘Thematic’ Costume to be Heartily Encouraged!

Music for a massed sing, togther with practice tracks, will be circulated well before the event via Paul’s new, developing Website: http://www.paulnaylorgray.co.uk/

Feel free to bring an ‘Act’ to perform – perhaps something musical, a reading, a poem, tell a story, a joke, teach a dance – eg. a circle dance or line dance – etc. Children welcome till 8pm, so any material that may be risque to be performed After 8!

RSVP would be helpful.

Love and Best Wishes for the Campest & Proudest of Summers Ahead!

David & Paul

0121 291 5896
07938838796

Peace and joy

Stephe

Minister: Rev Stephen Bentley

Mobile number: 07734 155664

St Paul’s Church

Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham B3 1QZ

Email: stephen.bentley

Web: www.journeymcc.wordpress.com

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