Diversity ACT is a secular organisation that partners with Tuggeranong Uniting Church and the Grace Community in Goulburn to run Rainbow Christian Alliance (RCA) as a program that is an ecumenical LGBTIQ+ Safe space
Many LGBTIQ+ people have struggled with issues relating to their sexuality & faith or have been subjected to harmful judgment, therapies & behaviour by churches, pastors*, individuals or congregations. We hope that by supporting a program for LGBTIQ+ Christians we can help people to reconcile some of the pain and provide a place for connection. We are also supportive of other faiths and would be happy to support other faiths who would wish to run programs & Inter-Faith discussions in partnership with Diversity ACT.
Both the Canberra and Goulburn RCA groups enjoy getting together for Pot Luck dinners, lots of interesting discussion and fantastic fellowship. Often our Canberra members travel to Goulburn to enjoy the increased networking and interaction between the two groups!
Canberra: RCA Canberra @ Erindale Neighbourhood Centre, 6pm on the 2nd SUNDAY every Month
RCA is a partnership between Diversity ACT and Tuggeranong Uniting Church which commenced in July 2015, providing a safe place for monthly meetings for LGBTIQ+ faith communities & allies to meet and discuss a variety of issues and topics of interest. RCA is held the 2nd Sunday of the month at the Erindale Neighbourhood Centre on the Cnr of Sternberg Crescent and Comrie Street, Wanniassa. (The use of Erindale Neighbourhood Centre provides an environment that is not within a church)
Goulburn: RCA, Dare Café Goulburn @ Wesley Tearooms, 6.30pm on the 3rd FRIDAY every Month
RCA, Dare Cafe, Goulburn commenced February 2016 following the success of the Canberra group. Dare Cafe is a partnership with Grace Uniting Church. RCA Dare Cafe is held at 6.30pm on the 3rd Friday of every month at the Tea rooms next to Goulburn Uniting Church, 45 Goldsmith St, Goulburn NSW. (The use of the Tearooms provides an environment that is not within a church)
Dare Cafe, Goulburn commenced a bible study group in June 2017 to meet, study & discuss scriptures that have relevance and impact upon on lives as LGBTIQ Christians & allies
Study – Goulburn @ Iona Room, Wesley rooms, Goldsmith St, Goulburn, 5.00pm-6.30pm on 1st Friday of the Month.
Diversity ACT, Rainbow Christian Alliance has been selected as a finalist in the Faith category.
Register to vote by following the Link 2019 LGBTI Awards (closes 31DEc18)
RCA interview & ABC Radio Canberra story Interview from Sunday 13 August 2017 RCA, published by ABC on 17 August 2017
Awards Nomination – RCA was nominated in the 2016 ACTCOSS Community Awards in the partnership program category. It was a privilege to be nominated and receive a “Love your work” certificate of recognition for this amazing partnership with Tuggeranong Uniting Church!
RAINBOW ROADS – Coming in 2019
We are excited to have been asked to take RCA on the Road and to visit other locations in the Canberra Region. We will be looking to visit on rotation locations like Yass, Cooma, and Bega (and other places) to network with regional LGBTIQ christians !
* Pastor is being generically used for a person in the position of christian teaching or leadership including Minister, Clergy, Priest, Reverend, Father, Curate, Elder, Deacon, Brother, Sister, Mother, Bishop etc. or other terms that may be used