10th Anniversary Celebration – Better for Everyone!

B0PFBR1IYAAFPqUOur Anniversary Celebration in London today was full!  All but 5 of the tickets were booked in advance and over 250 people gathered in praise and celebration to mark the landmark.

After lively worship led by Two:23, we were treated to a deeply personal interview with Vicky Beeching before an impassioned address from Steve Chalke, Baptist Minister and founder of Oasis.

The theme of the whole day was celebration at how far we have come in our first 10 years, as well as drive, vision and determination for the next ten!

A common theme for all the speakers was our new strapline for Accepting Evangelicals:

Accepting Evangelicals
Better for Everyone

and as AE Director, Benny Hazlehurst said – Accepting Evangelicals are better for everyone  – better for LGB&T Christians, but also better for the Church, better for the Gospel, better for Evangelicals.

The Celebration was rounded off with prayer and a Blessing from Bishop David Gillett, another of our Patrons, who encouraged us all to take a vision home for what God was calling us to do.

If you weren’t able to be there today (or if you want to hear it again) you can hear parts of the Celebration by using the Mixcloud links above.

You can also see what people thought on Twitter using #AE10.

All in all it was a great day which demonstrated that the tide is definitely turning for Evangelical attitudes to sexuality.  There is still a long way to go, but today was a milestone along the way.

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3 Comments

  1. Hello I came to the conference yesterday. I wasnt sure what to expect as I had never been to an conference or been in one place with so many gays and lesbians. My story is my youngest son is gay. I found out around 2 and a bit months ago by chance, reading his f.b. when he forgot to log off my laptop. A mothers sin I know but it has been good as we have communicated well since this.
    I met a lovely lady at the conference who flew in from Denmark to attend. She is a lesbian and would you believe it she said I am the only person she has ever told out loud no friends no family, no one. My heart went out to her. I gave my e mail address so if she feels she is able to keep in touch that would be great. I dont know if she will. God bless for attending that conference and giving that young person confidence to say out loud something really important about herself.
    Sylvia Brown

    • Hi Sylvia, Thank you for writing, and I am delighted to hear that your courage in attending yesterday proved to be such a blessing for someone else. It sounds to me that there was something of God in your encounter.
      Every blessing to you and your son as you continue in your journey.
      Benny

  2. What a fantastic day! Well done Benny and the team for organising the event. Steve and Vicky were so inspiring to hear. Met some old friends and made a few new ones.

    Cheers

    Andy, Jackie and Ed

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