Freedom2b Sydney – June Meeting

Friday June 5th, 2015 7:00 PM

Brad Jones - Freedom2bFrom Adversity to Acceptance to Advocacy

For our June meeting, we will be joined by Brad Jones who will share the challenge and reward of his journey. When asked to give us a description of his talk, this is what he said:

“The more I find out, the less I know”

Brad is a one-man bearded freak show whose life has taken many unusual twists and turns. His education is piecemeal, his part-time job unremarkable. On Sundays he hangs out with a bunch of other misfits at a daggy building in Maroubra- Hope Uniting Church. Together, they muddle towards the goal of being faithful disciples of Jesus in their local community. In his down time, Brad loves to run, bodysurf, camp, ski, play soccer, watch Aussie rules, and just about anything else involving nature and exercise.

WHEN: Friday, June 5th 2015

TIME: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start

WHERE: ACON Building, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Click on MAP for a link to the location: MAP

After the discussion, you are welcome to join us for a drink or dinner at the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel.

We respect anonymity and what is said in the room remains in the room. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. STAY AS LITTLE OR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE.

For more information, please contact Ben on 0421 278 603 or email ben@freedom2b.org

Freedom2b Melbourne May Meeting- Discussion “Exploring the Road Blocks to Freedom”

Friday May 15th, 2015 7:30 PM

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Our May meeting will continue with the “Coming Out” theme.  We will be screening a short video which touches on bible verses aka  ”Clobber texts” and also talks about the attitude of the church in regards to homosexuality……the obstacles that keep us from “coming out” and living in fear. Join us as we explore those tricky questions and discover ways in which to better equip ourselves to break through the road blocks to freedom!

Event Location: Victorian AIDS Council Building, 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra. The entrance is at the side of the building. Just ring the door bell and we will come and let you in. We welcome you to also join us afterwards at La Porchetta, Toorak Rd South Yarra, to continue the conversation

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information or any queries please email melbinfo@freedom2b.org or call Linda on 0430045585

Hope to see you there!!

freedom2b Sydney May Meeting

Friday May 1st, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

imageComing Out 101

Borrowing from our Melbourne Chapter, who tackled this topic a couple of weeks back, we are holding a discussion on “Coming Out 101″ for our Sydney Chapter meeting in May.

We are all at different stages on the “Coming Out” Journey.   Some are just making tentative steps; some have walked all the way. But sharing our experience, our observations, our regrets, our success is so helpful to everyone.

WHEN: Friday, May 1st 2015
TIME: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
WHERE: ACON Building, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Click on MAP for a link to the location: MAP

After the discussion, you are welcome to join us for a drink or dinner at the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel.

We respect anonymity and what is said in the room remains in the room. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. STAY AS LITTLE OR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE.

For more information, please contact Shane on 0413374650 or email events@freedom2b.org

Perth Chapter: May Meeting – Discussion

Friday May 1st, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

All of Our meetings are held at The Northbridge Piazza Community Centre

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What The Bible Does and Does NOT Say About Homosexuality

This is a topic that we know will generate much discussion.

Do the Clobber passages actually say what we’ve been led to believe?

How do we respond when someone brings them up, especially in an attack on our imagesexuality?

These and many other questions are sure to come up during this discussion.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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For further information please contact Graham via eMail: perth@freedom2b.org
or call Graham on: 0405 285 233 or Bev on: 0407 778 201.

For further updates join us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Freedom2bPerth

Remember to invite friends and family who you think would benefit from this discussion.

U&I

We will go to “U&I 24hr Pho restaurant” for Coffee and chat after the film. U&I is located on the corner of Francis and William St in Northbridge. Even if you can’t make the meeting itself please feel free to join us for coffee.

The Northbridge Piazza community Centre is located on the Corner of James and Lake Streets Northbridge, underneath and behind the Giant screen in the Piazza.

 

 

 

Freedom2b Melbourne April Meeting- Discussion- ” The Coming Out Process 101″

Friday April 17th, 2015 7:30 PM

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We are pleased to have Matt Pearse facilitate our April meeting as we revisit the “Coming Out” process. How does one come out? How do we come out safely? What is the ABC of the DSG?  With Matts quirky sense of humour and his own experience of being not so straight in the christian world its sure to be a great discussion!!

Event Location: Victorian AIDS Council Building, 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra. The entrance is at the side of the building. Just ring the door bell and we will come and let you in. We welcome you to also join us afterwards at La Porchetta, Toorak Rd South Yarra, to continue the conversation

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information or any queries please email melbinfo@freedom2b.org or call Linda on 0430045585

Hope to see you there!!

 

 

freedom2b Sydney April Meeting – 2nd Friday – This Month Only

Friday April 10th, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

movie-night** Special date of April 10th due to the Easter long weekend. We’ll return to the first Friday of the month for our May chapter meeting.

Following a wonderfully successful time at Mardi Gras, we’ll be kicking back and watching a DVD for our chapter meeting this month.

Further details will be announced here soon, so keep checking back.

WHEN: Friday, April 10th 2015
TIME: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
WHERE: ACON Building, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Click on MAP for a link to the location: MAP

As is usual for every meeting, you are welcome to join us afterwards for a drink or dinner at the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel. STAY AS LITTLE OR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE.

For more information, please contact 0413374650 or email events@freedom2b.org

F2b Melbourne Outer east Feast- Now on Monday Nights!

Monday May 4th, 2015 6:30 PM

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May the 4th be with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! be dared to wear Star Wars Cosplay!! (you may score a gelati!!!)

Our Melbourne chapter has grown significantly over the last five years, with people travelling long distances to attend the monthly meetings in the city. A number of people travel from the outer East, hence we have created a social f2b get together to strengthen the connections that have already been made, plus make some new ones with those that are not able to make the Melbourne meetings.These dinners are run with all the same guidelines as a regular chapter meeting, but will not have the speaker/discussion component. PLUS they are family friendly so children can attend. Up to date the nights have been well attended and we have had some great feedback, so I hope you can come along.

The details for the outer eastern f2b dinner on Monday 4th May,  6.30pm at Sofias Restaurant -99 Maroondah Highway, Croydon.

Please RSVP to Gwen Godman 0499772642. Children welcome!

Freedom2b Melbourne March Meeting- “The Wise Kids” (7.15pm Start)

Friday March 20th, 2015 7:15 PM

11164053_ori Note: This month we are starting the meeting at 7.15pm

Join us this month for the screening of  the 2011 Drama movie  ”The Wise Kids”.  Set in a Baptist church community in Charleston, South Carolina, three teenage friends contemplate the next stage of life. There’s Brea, an introspective pastor’s daughter experiencing debilitating doubt; the hyperactive Laura, Brea’s best friend and a devout believer; and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Weaving comedy and drama, The Wise Kids is is a character-driven coming-of-age story with an extraordinarily talented young cast. Please click here for the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUM3HpGHFgk

Event Location: Victorian AIDS Council Building, 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra. The entrance is at the side of the building. Just ring the door bell and we will come and let you in. We welcome you to also join us afterwards at La Porchetta, Toorak Rd South Yarra, to continue the conversation

7.00pm for a 7.15pm start. For more information or any queries please email melbinfo@freedom2b.org or call Linda on 0430045585

Feel free to bring some nibbles to share if you like. Hope you can join us to kick back, relax and have a good night!

Hope to see you there!!

 

PERTH CHAPTER: APRIL MEETING – PRIDE the Movie

Friday April 10th, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin’s Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan’s nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march…

This is a movie that takes you on a rolloercoaster ride of the emotions that accompanied this valiant group of often forgotten heroes in memories of the miner’s struggle in the UK under Thatcher.

It is sure to raise some very good discussion afterwards. Bev and I loof forward to seeing you there.

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For further information please contact Graham via eMail: perth@freedom2b.org
or call Graham on: 0405 285 233 or Bev on: 0407 778 201.

For further updates join us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Freedom2bPerth

Remember to invite friends and family who you think would benefit from this discussion.

U&I

We will go to “U&I 24hr Pho restaurant” for Coffee and chat after the film. U&I is located on the corner of Francis and William St in Northbridge. Even if you can’t make the meeting itself please feel free to join us for coffee.

The Northbridge Piazza community Centre is located on the Corner of James and Lake Streets Northbridge, underneath and behind the Giant screen in the Piazza.

 

 

Freedom2b Perth Chapter: March “Thank God For The Salvos?”

Friday March 6th, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Kris Halliday (Lieutenant)
Coordinator: Doorways Perth Community Programs, 
Assistant Corps Officer 
Perth Fortress Corps

Kris  first felt the call to Salvation Army Officership (Ordained Ministry) as a child, long before he knew what The Salvation Army was. He first felt he was ‘different’ as a child, long before he knew what being gay was. 

Through adolescence those two discoveries would intertwine and ultimately collide.

Lieutenant Kris Halliday is a now an open, honest, gay Salvation Army Officer in the inner city of Perth, ordained and commissioned after a 15 year journey that began back in the dark ages (the late 1990′s!) when things weren’t quite as open or easy for gay people as we would have liked.

As a recently out teen, active Church engagement led to being told that “someone like you” would “never ever” be a Salvation Army Officer. The rejection, isolation and hurt experienced from the Church was replaced by acceptance, inclusion and joy outside of it

Later, having found freedom and a sense of whole self away from a faith community, he was called back, in a most clear way.

Discovering a sense of belonging, acceptance and purpose back in the Army he also rediscovered the calling and with it great fear. What would it mean? Would he have to live life single, lonely? Would there be more rejection this time around or into the future? Could an out gay person with a long-held calling to Salvation Army Officership really fulfil that calling in an increasingly conservative movement?

After a long journey in which he discovered himself (and some awesome parties), developed life changing friendships, felt the clear call of God, immersed himself in lay-leadership and urban mission, Kris, after a few last minute speed-bumps, found himself – finally, in a never-forget moment – accepted and Ordained, at exactly the same time as the gay community (and many in the wider community) began to turn on The Salvation Army for its views on homosexuality.

He looks forward to sharing tales from those years, from initial rejection in the late 1990’s through to Commissioning in 2011 with the associated internal conflict, theological wrestling, labels, Scriptural searching, fear, confusion as well as his attempts to make sense of Salvation Army teaching and commentary, with almost no precedent to fall back on.

He lives with 2 friends, a dog named Rupunzel and his foster child.

When he’s not preaching, leading worship, overseeing inner city community support and development programs, sitting on NGO boards, following local politics or studying at Uni you will find him attempting to keep fit at Beatty Park.

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If you’ve been wondering where the Salvation Army is really at. in relation to GLBTIQ issues, since the unfortunate Radio interview on Joy FM (Melbourne) 3 years ago, this is a not to be missed opportunity to find out the truth for yourself.f2b Perth sq1-16

See you there.

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For further information please contact Graham via eMail: perth@freedom2b.org
or call Graham on: 0405 285 233 or Bev on: 0407 778 201.

For further updates join us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Freedom2bPerth

Remember to invite friends and family who you think would benefit from this discussion.

U&I

We will go to “U&I 24hr Pho restaurant” for Coffee and chat after the film. U&I is located on the corner of Francis and William St in Northbridge. Even if you can’t make the meeting itself please feel free to join us for coffee.

The Northbridge Piazza community Centre is located on the Corner of James and Lake Streets Northbridge, underneath and behind the Giant screen in the Piazza.