Started as an online community more than fifteen years ago, Q Christian Fellowship is an intrepid organization serving as a refuge for LGBTQ+ Christians and their allies. Our history holds a beautiful legacy. A legacy that drove pivotal conversations illuminating pertinent language as we became a community valuing diverse theologies and moral ethics. To strengthen our roots in such a rich heritage, this year’s conference will focus on how we all share in the essence of God, so that we may abide with one another in love without divisions.
Our conference scripture is Ephesians 4:2-5, which reads:
“…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism…”
In Christ, we are one Q Christian family. We are called to demonstrate bold hospitality that nurtures a vibrantly diverse community, initiates personal growth, and inspires justice by creating relationships that value reconciliation and liberate the marginalized. Our action—as one body— requires Love Undivided.
During our time together in Chicago, you will hear voices representing different theological perspectives, different interpretations of the Bible, and different beliefs surrounding righteous behaviors. Some perspectives may be challenging to hear. We won’t always agree with one another; and, amidst the discomfort, we ask you to present your perspective with respect for those who hold different convictions. Please listen with compassion and love: love for God, love for yourself, and love for your neighbor. We ask you to speak with respect because Jesus calls us to radical love, even for those who might call themselves our enemies.
Love Undivided not only deconstructs barriers that keep us from relational intimacy, it also fortifies connections to our neighbors- not by agreeing with their beliefs, but by cherishing who they are, from the inside out. Ultimately, Love Undivided prioritizes our position as God’s children above the tensions we bear and the paradoxes we struggle to embrace. We are truly of one Lord and one faith.
Whether your theology aligns with one side or another, it’s time to abide side-by-side and center ourselves on what centered Jesus: love for God and love for our neighbors. We are eager to journey with you as we grow in Love Undivided. You are welcome here.
Our aim as the Executive Leadership is to create an atmosphere where we practice mutual respect of our differences, giving us the opportunity to experience deeper relational intimacy. Our goal is that we walk away from conference cherishing one another’s God-created uniqueness in deeper, unifying ways. As a result, we will be better equipped to boldly enter into transformative vulnerability, eager to reach deeper layers of relational intimacy, and empowered to inwardly grow into greater self-acceptance.
Centered by Christ’s Commandment to love God and love our neighbors:
We model radical belonging and practice hospitality - to welcome one another
We connect beyond disagreement and protect differences - to cherish one another
We share our true selves and strive for reconciliation - to know one another
We pursue anti-racist outcomes and work towards equity - to value one another
Just as God loves us unceasingly
May we reflect the Divine increasingly