To Lambeth and Beyond!

I take off today on a whirlwind island hopping adventure. I first travel to the island nation of Malta (south of Italy) where I will be for 10 days as the guest of Drachma, a Catholic group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

In Malta I will meet with the members of Drachma, lead a Bibliodrama or two, and perform two plays: The Re-Education of George W. Bush and Transifgurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible.

From there I pick up Auntie Doris and we head off to the island of Guernsey for nearly a week. She raves about this channel island where she grew up, so since I had the time I thought it would be a nice excursion. And I can also keep Auntie Doris out of trouble :-p I haven’t talked to her about this yet, but it would be cool to meet up with some of the Evangelical leaders there to talk about LGBT concerns and pastoral care.

Rested up from my trip to Guernsey, I head to Kent, England for the Lambeth Conference where I will offer a talk as part of the official fringe events. I’m even on the official schedule! Okay this is a BIG deal.

Free performance by Peterson Toscano who shares his spiritual journey, explores queer issues and tells how he survived the ‘ex-gay’ movement through comedy and excerpts from his play “Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House”.

The Anglican Church meets only once every 10 years and this year the BIG issue is the GAY issue. I will do my presentation twice which will include some of my own personal journey, excerpts from Homo No Mo and more. You can find info about it here.

If you are interested in going to either talk (or both!), do register for the free tickets. They need to have a sense of how many are coming.

(photo credit Ted Waddell)

This post has 11 Comments

  1. Joe Moderate on July 9, 2008 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Sounds like a phenomenal travel and performance schedule, Peterson! Blessings on all that you do, every thought that you share, every person that you reach. I have a wonderful sense that much positive change will come from your efforts!

    Amazing photos, by the way. You look great! Who took these photos?

  2. Joe G. on July 9, 2008 at 4:53 pm Reply

    I haven’t talked to her about this yet, but it would be cool to meet up with some of the Evangelical leaders there to talk about LGBT concerns and pastoral care.

    How about your rest and relax and enjoy the time with the Auntie? Well?

    You know I love you, my Lambeth whore.

  3. KJ on July 9, 2008 at 8:50 pm Reply

    Glad to hear you’ll be on the “fringe” at Lambeth, and I’m going to now pretend that you are my personal envoy. However, as a Baby Episcopalian, I must point out that it is a gathering of the Anglican (dis)Communion, and not the Anglican Church. Our detractors seem intent on the creation of the latter, with various primates scrabbling for the top of their exclusionary dung heap.

    Oops! Did I say that?

  4. Auntie Doris on July 9, 2008 at 10:27 pm Reply

    Joe G. I can guarantee he will be relaxing and resting. The island is quiet, and beautiful and as long as I can fend my family off we should have some nice quiet down-time 😉

  5. Heather on July 10, 2008 at 1:00 am Reply

    Lambeth won’t know what’s hit it 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing all about it!

    Blessings, Heather

  6. mister tumnus on July 10, 2008 at 7:47 am Reply

    it’s GREAT you’re doing lambeth! happy journies and enjoy the time out too.

  7. Jayna on July 12, 2008 at 12:34 am Reply

    you are the most well traveled person i have ever known! 😀

  8. betut ne leel on July 12, 2008 at 10:26 am Reply

    hi,

    i really loved reading through your blog … was led there by an anti-ex-gay website … am from Africa, Kenya, and have gone through a lot of confusion because of my sexuality, inasmuch am not yet as decided as you are about how i should define myself, i have been able to rid myself of the guilt, pain and shame associated with homosexuality … anyways, you could pass by my blog and read through my experiences,

    thanks

  9. betut ne leel on July 12, 2008 at 10:51 am Reply

    oops, just felt that i should say one more thing … i believe the real pain in our lives is not sexuality confusion but suppressed masculinity … i therefore believe less in being gay or straight, and most in being a man

  10. Peterson Toscano on July 12, 2008 at 6:42 pm Reply

    betut, thank you for visiting! I will be sure to check out your blog. I agree that lots of the issues people have about gays is about masculinity and gender issues. Lots of straight guys experience similar trials because they are considered to be feminized or ‘less than’ other men somehow.

    Jayna, travel with me! we can put on a show! Bring the wife too.

  11. Michelle on July 14, 2008 at 1:31 pm Reply

    It’s fantastic that you’re going to be presenting at Lambeth! Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back.

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