Intimate Conviction

Intimate Conviction is a two-day international conference examining the church and anti-sodomy laws across the Commonwealth. See program details below.

You can find the live stream of the conference on our YouTube channel.

Agenda: Day 1

8:00 – 17:00 Registration open

8:30 – 9:00 Devotions: Venerable Patrick Cunningham, Archdeacon of Kingston

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Introductions: Very Rev. Fr. Sean Major-Campbell, Host Pastor

9:10 – 9:30 Keynote: Most Rev. Dr. John Holder, Archbishop of the West Indies

9:30 – 9:45 Address: The Commonwealth Secretariat followed by Horace Levy, Jamaicans for Justice

9:45 – 10:00 Address: Lord Anthony Gifford, Q.C.

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break

10:15 – 11:45 Panel 1: The Anglican Church and Decriminalisation (Global North Perspective)

Rt. Rev. Terry Brown (Anglican Church of Canada)

Capt. Rev. Tom Decker (Anglican Military Ordinariate, Canada)

Rt. Rev. Kevin Robertson (Anglican Church of Canada)

Rev. Winnie Varghese (The Episcopal Church)

Rt. Rev. Dr. Alan Wilson (Church of England)

11:45 – 13:15 Panel 2: The Anglican Church and Decriminalisation (Global South Perspective)

Rt. Rev. Matthias Mededues-Badohu (Church of West Africa)

Rev. Canon Garth Minott (Anglican Church of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands)

Very Rev. Michael Weeder (Anglican Church of Southern Africa)

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch (provided)

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 3: Other Churches and Decriminalisation (Global North Perspective)

Rev. Basil Coward (United Church of Canada)

Mr. Francis DeBernardo (New Ways Ministry)

Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo (United Church of Canada)

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin (Metropolitan Community Church)

Dr. Keisha McKenzie (Seventh Day Adventist)

Dr. Matthew Waites (University of Glasgow)

15:30 – 17:00 Panel 4: Other Churches and Decriminalisation (Global South Perspective)

Rev. Marvia Lawes (Jamaica Baptist Union)

Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis (United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands)

Rev. Jide Macaulay (House of Rainbow)

Rev. Dr. George Zachariah (Mar Thoma Church) 

Agenda: Day 2

8:00 – 12:00 Registration open

8:30 – 9:00 Devotions: Venerable Patrick Cunningham, Archdeacon of Kingston

9:00 – 10:30 Panel 5: Gender, Decriminalisation, and the Church 

Ms. Cynthia Ci  (House of Rainbow)

Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo (United Church of Canada) 

Ms. Philippa Drew (Kaleidoscope Trust)

Rev. Canon Rosie Harper (Church of England) 

Ms. Angeline Jackson (Communities of Restoration) 

Rev. Marvia Lawes (Jamaica Baptist Union)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 12:15 Panel 6: HIV, Decriminalisation, and the Church

Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis (United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands)

Rev. Phumzile Mabizela (INERELA+) 

Rev. Jide Macaulay (House of Rainbow) 

Dr. Keisha McKenzie (Seventh Day Adventist)

Mr. Ian McKnight (Global Interfaith Network) 

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch (provided)

13:00 – 14:30 Building an Ecumenical Dialogue for Decriminalisation

Mr. Jonathan Cooper (Barrister) 

Rev. Colin Coward (Church of England) 

Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo (United Church of Canada) 

Rev. Canon Rosie Harper (Church of England) 

Most Rev. Dr. John Holder (Anglican Communion) 

Dr. Randall Miller (Arcus Foundation)

Damien Marcus Williams (Non-denominational Christian)

14:30 – 15:00 Conference Closing and Evaluation

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