Conference 2013: “Gender Varying Faith”

This year’s conference of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality will focus on a much neglected area in religious ministry, that of transgender people of faith. In partnership with the TG group, “Sibylls”, we have put together a programme that features a cross-section of the diversity that is included under the umbrella term, “transgender”, featuring two speakers in the morning session, followed by a panel discussion by additional speakers after lunch. In between the two sessions, we will fit in a short period for the business component, our AGM.


10.30 Arrivals, registration & refreshments
11.00 Welcome

Christina Beardsley & Elaine Summers, chaired by Bishop John Gladwin.
12.00 Open discussion.

12.45 Lunch

13.45 CSCS AGM

14.15 VARYING GENDERS – A panel discussion, chaired by Dr. Susannah Cornwall

16.00 Depart

 Introducing our speakers

The Revd. Dr Christina (Tina) Beardsley

grew up in West Yorkshire, was educated at Sussex University, St John’s College, Cambridge, and Westcott House, where she trained for ordination, and is married to Rob. She has worked for over three decades in pastoral ministry in the Church of England. In 2000 Tina co-founded the Clare Project, a transgender support group in Brighton & Hove: Her publications include ‘The Transsexual Person Is My Neighbour: Pastoral Guidel ines for Christian Clergy, Pastors And Congregations’ , Gender Trust: & ‘Unutterable Love: The Passionate Life and Preaching of F.W. Robertson,’ Lutterworth Press. A Changing Attitude Trustee for Transgender people, Tina also co-leads the Sibyls project ‘gender, sexuality and spirituality’: She has a special interest in the interplay between theology and the arts.

Elaine Sommers

is the femme name of a heterosexual male surgeon living in the SW of England. She is married, with children and grandchildren. She describes herself as bi-gendered rather than transsexual, but prefers the term trans as a looser umbrella expression of who she is. Elaine is the author of “Faith, Gender & Me“,  is a trustee of Changing Attitude and has interests in music worship, singing, Middle East peace, and travel.

Bishop John Gladwin (chair, morning session)

retired as Bishop of Chelmsford in 2009. He is a CSCS Patron, Chairperson of Citizens Advice, and Vice-President of WATCH.

Dr. Susannah Cornwall (chair, afternoon session)

is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Manchester’s Lincoln Theological Institute. Her current project is entitled Intersex, Identity and Disability: Issues for Public Policy, Healthcar e and the Church.

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