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Interview with SCM Southampton

We chat with Louise Dover from SCM Southampton, one of our newest affiliated groups about plans for the new term and what has inspired them to start an SCM group at their university.

1. Hello SCM Southampton and welcome to the movement! Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves and what your plans are for 2017/18?

Hi! Thanks for the welcome, we’re really excited about getting involved. We’re both languages students and we’ve just finished our first year. Our plans for the next academic year will be getting this group up and running and seeing what we can do with it. We’re also planning our third years abroad!

2. Is there anything that you’re most looking forward to in the coming year?

Really looking forward to the opportunity to reach out to and connect with loads of other students that we wouldn’t otherwise get to know.

3. Are there any values within SCM that particularly resonate with you? Why?

We really love the inclusivity of SCM – the idea that everyone is welcome regardless of their status or background. It’s so important to make sure everyone is included and represented and SCM seems to embody this perfectly.

4. As we look ahead to the autumn term, what one piece of advice would you give to freshers coming to uni this year, when it comes to faith?

When you’re looking for a church community (definitely do this!), look around a bit. Don’t just stick to the tradition you know, you might feel more comfortable with a different style of worship. By all means stick to what you’re familiar with, but both of us felt really at home somewhere really different from our backgrounds.

5. At SCM, we’re passionate about connecting students with welcoming local churches, and getting people engaged in serving, leading and growing as disciples within the church. Can you tell us about an event or time at a local church in the last year that really inspired you in faith?

Just recently I went to a service for a trans friend who reaffirmed his baptism vows with his new name. It was a really lovely service and gave me hope that there are churches that are inclusive and celebrate diversity.

6. Finally, if you had to sum up the group in a sentence, what would it be?

We’re super keen to reach out to everyone who feels a bit lost or excluded, and people wanting to explore their faith in a welcoming and fun environment! 

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SCM Glasgow to Celebrate LGBT History Month

SCM Glasgow have put together a series of events to celebrate LGBT History Month in February. As well as looking back to the past, the event will ask what’s next for Queer people in the Church.

The series of talks and panel discussions will take place from 20-25 February 2017 at Wellington Church in Glasgow. We’re delighted to be welcoming speakers from across the UK, representing multiple LGBTQIA identities. Speakers include the renowned poet and priest Revd Rachel Mann, biblical scholar Dr Sarah Nicholson, and equal marriage champion and Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, the Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth.

SCM’s LGBTQ+ Representative and SCM Glasgow member Caitlin Wakefield said: ‘Diversity and inclusion is at the centre of everything SCM does, and this week is designed to explore intersections of faith, sexuality and gender. We’re excited to provide this opportunity for engagement, discussion and growth.’

Events include a Queer bible study, workshops and talks on asexuality, Trans* Christianity and bisexuality, among other topics. The week will culminate in a panel discussion exploring what the future might hold for the LGBTQ+ community in the church.

The full programme is as follows:

Monday 20 February, 18:30 – Queer Bible study with Dr Sarah Nicholson.

 Tuesday 21 February, 18:30 – ‘Bisexuality and the Church’ with Dan Cruickshank.

 Wenesday 22 February, 13:00 – ‘Queer histories, Queer presents: the why and the what of LGBTQ+ history.’ A conversation with historian Debbie White.

  Wednesday 22 February, 18:30 – Asexuality workshop with Joanna Russell.

 Thursday 23 February, 18:30 – ‘Trans* Christianity’ with Reverend Rachel Mann.

 Friday 24 February, 18:30 – ‘Queer Church – where next?’ A Panel discussion with Dr Vicky Gunn, Iona Kimmitt and the Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth.

All events, unless otherwise stated, will be held at Wellington Church, Glasgow. Full details about the event can be found on Facebook. Follow @SCMGlasgow on Twitter or use the hashtag #scmqueerhistory and #thefutureisqueer. The overall theme for LGBT History Month 2017 is ‘Law and Citizenship’ – resources can be downloaded here.

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A New Evangelism?

What does evangelism look like in the modern, messy world we live in? Adam Spiers, President of Exeter MethAng, says evangelism is more about discipleship – and argues we all need to rethink how we go about it.

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