2015: THE BIBLE – FRIEND OR FOE – Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire, 24th to 26th July 2015
The word of God is something alive and active: it cuts more incisively than any two-edged sword. . .” (Hebrews 4:12).
Since the early third century the Christian Church has regarded the collection of ancient texts that we refer to as the bible as Holy Scripture, and Christian theology has sprung from or related to this canon. The biblical texts have, however, always proved themselves open to a wide variety of interpretations as to their nature and meaning.
In the Introduction to his book, published in 2013, Love Lost in Translation – Homosexuality and the Bible, K. Renato Lings questions whether, in considering a subject such as ‘homosexuality and the Bible’, these two terms are even compatible. Among the many areas covered in the book, the author suggests that the Christian majority has cast LGBTQ believers into a theological void.
The speakers at the 2015 Quest Conference will be:
○Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall
○Keith Sharpe is an early retired professor of education. He has published widely in books and academic journals, including ‘The Gay Gospels’ (published by Circle Books). Since his retirement he has studied theology and become active in the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement and the campaigning organisation, Changing Attitude, of which he is a member of the national Board of Trustees. He writes a regular column in Gscene, a gay magazine, in which he tries to persuade LGBT readers that while the Church may appear to be an enemy it nevertheless is the bearer of the good news brought by the Jesus Tradition. Keith lives in London with his long term partner.
This year’s venue is set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside with easy travel links. The Hayes has successfully been the market leader as a Christian Conference Centre since 1911, providing residential and day conference facilities for up to 400 delegates. The Hayes was built in the 1860s as the home of Mr. Fitzherbert Wright, maternal great, great grandfather of the Duchess of York. In 1910 his son, Henry, sold the Estate to the company who adapted and extended it for use as a Conference Centre. The facilities include 265 Bedrooms, over 30 meeting rooms with contemporary conference facilities, free wi-fi, award winning gardens and grounds and a Labyrinth for prayer and meditation.