MEDIA RELEASE: June WATAC Presents
2 June 2020
WATAC explores what it means to be working towards a LGBTQ+ affirming
WATAC, the activist and advocacy organisation Women and the Australian Church, today announced the next topic in their popular bi-monthly series of interactive webinars. These events provide theological formation to people across Australia while also building community.
The June event, entitled Working towards a LGBTQ+ affirming church will take place on Wednesday 9 June 2021 at 6pm AEDT. Guest speakers are Teash Taylor and Anika “AJ” Jensen in conversation with Danielle Lynch. Together they will explore: What does it mean to be “affirming”? What church culture do we want to cultivate?
Teash has been co-pastor of St Kilda Elsternwick Baptist Church for just over a year. She identifies as a queer or lesbian woman and uses the pronouns she/her/hers. She is also a queer activist and resident volunteer at the Indigenous Hospitality House. She loves her partner Tegan, their old greyhound Dot, their old cat Rosie, and filling her house with too many plants. Teash is currently finishing off her Master of Divinity writing a minor thesis that looks at Romans 1:26-27 with a queer feminist hermeneutic.
Anika “AJ” Jensen (they/them) is a non-binary social worker and amateur theologian. They are passionate about subverting the patriarchal and colonial understandings of mainstream theology and Christianity. AJ is a member of the Uniting Church and works for ACON Health for the queer community on land of the Widjabul/Wyabul people in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Andrea Dean, President of WATAC, says of this event, “This month’s WATAC Presents will explore contemporary, affirming theological perspectives and practical aspects of inclusion in Christian churches. If you are interested in discerning how to build positive and affirming relationships with LGBTQ+ friends, family members and church members, we encourage you to attend.”
WATAC Presents is on 9 June 2021 from 6 pm to 7 pm (AEST). Register via the website https://watac.net.au to participate.
Established in 1984, Women and the Australian Church (WATAC) is an incorporated organisation committed to a Church characterised by equality. For more information please contact Andrea Dean