Affirm is a UK network of Baptist Christians working together for LGBT+ inclusion, founded in 2000.
Our purpose is threefold:
We believe the inclusion and affirmation of all sexualities and gender identities is an issue of social justice, and champion it accordingly. It is our aim to promote the safeguarding of LGBTQ+ people in the life of Baptist communities, as well as seeking the inclusion of human sexuality and gender identity in the Baptist Union Social Justice streams. The foundation of this is our commitment to the pastoral support of LGBTQ+ people.
It is our hope that we will continue to grow our relationship with those in leadership at Baptist House, encouraging them to pursue the affirmation of all LGBTQ+ people in the life of our faith. In partnership with this, we seek to work alongside local associations, in delivering training, offering insight, and engaging in intentional dialogue. We value the life of the wider Baptist family and seek to proactively work within this.
Resourcing local Churches:
Local churches are the lifeblood of our Baptist identity, and we appreciate the complexities of local ministry, and fellowshipping with one another. Through our work we provide resources (including service liturgy and group study materials), access to events and training, and one-to-one expertise to truly enable inclusion and affirmation at a local level.
For a full history of Affirm please click here
“After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.”
Dawn has degrees in Art and in Theology. She is a an artist, a story teller and a community engager. Dawn identifies as pansexual and is married to her husband Simon. Currently residing in London and works at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church where she presided over the the first solemnised SSM in a UK Baptist Church. Dawn Co-Founded the Soho Gathering and sits on the Christians at Pride commitee. Her core belief is that God is Love and that where love is there also is God.
Luke has a degree in Theology from Spurgeon’s College and an MA in Biblical Studies from King’s College, London. A Deacon at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Stonewall School and Faith Role Model, co-Founder of Soho Gathering, and Executive Director of OneBodyOneFaith. Luke is also a Patron of the LGBTQ+ shelter “Streha” in Albania, believing that at the core of Christian identity is the inclusion of the marginalised regardless of their beliefs or orientation. He is married to Steven, their wedding being the first same-sex marriage in the Baptist Union of Great Britain.