LEFT is a safe space for women who identify as LBTQI+ and are interested in faith, spirituality or religion. We provide opportunities to meet together to explore how our faith is relevant to us, and to enable us to grow and flourish as whole human beings.
In ‘normal times’ we organise facilitated weekends as well as social weekends. Each of these provide valuable time for us to listen, discuss and have fun in a supportive atmosphere. Many of us have made strong and lasting friendships and found support in facing the challenges that an LBTQI+ life mixed with faith can bring.
In these Covid times we have moved online and have monthly zoom meetings with a theme and a facilitator and weekly open meetings during national lockdowns. We are always open to new ways of keeping in touch.
We communicate on email via Mailchimp and we have a Facebook page. Please email us if you would like to join our email group, or look for LEFT – LBTQI+ women Exploring Faith Together on Facebook. We are a network and have no membership fees. We charge on a sliding scale for our formal events to cover our costs. Some bursaries are available.
Women in our network are as involved as they wish to be. Please join our mailing list to find out what is going on. Come to an event because you are interested in the topic, or keep coming back because you find the group valuable.
We are scattered across the country and we meet up informally as well as at organised events.
Mission statement LEFT exists to enable LBTQI+ women, who know themselves to be spiritual, to grow and flourish as whole human beings. LEFT provides space formally and informally, in person and online, for LBTQI+ women to meet in a safe, confidential, accepting and supportive environment.
While our origins are in the Christian tradition we are keen to join and learn from the journeys of LBTQI+ women of other religious traditions and spiritual paths.
LEFT is aware that traditional theologies have been and still are limiting and damaging to LGBTI+ people. We are committed to re-thinking theology from our own experience, and we join with all who care, regardless of sexual orientation, to challenge homophobia.
As women we have many different interpretations of what it means to be a person of faith. We welcome the diversity and richness of our beliefs and seek to listen and learn from one another.