As part of my continuing professional development (CPD), I’m attending an online conference run by Ceremony Matters.

Originally the conference, whose theme is diversity, was scheduled to be held in a hotel down south but had to be “relocated” online. To prevent zoom fatigue, it is now being held over three weekends: this one coming, then one in January and finally one in April next year.

The first weekend is entitled “Non-binary thinking: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Identity” and will have sessions on “Non-binary thinking”, “Being transgender”, “Disenfranchised loss & faith”, “Creating meaningful funerals for LGBTQIA+ people”.

I’m looking forward very much to it. Although I’m an “old gay activist” myself and have thought about and discussed many of these issues of identity for a long time, I’m aware that the world has changed and as a celebrant I need to keep up. I’m also looking forward to catching up with the people I know in the Ceremony Matters community and to making some new friends.

The second and third conferences will be about “Racial Equity” and “Mental Health and Disability” respectively. I’m sure that there are places still available if anyone is interested in participating.

Michael Hannah, Dundee, 8 October 2020

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