The UK Bisexual Convention this weekend will include a time for multifaith worship and meditation each day. Over 400 people are expected to attend the gathering, known as BiCon, marking a record turnout for the annual event.
BiCon is this year combining with an international bisexual gathering, bringing participants from at least twenty countries. It will take place at the University of East London from today (Friday 27 August) until Monday 30 August.
The regular worship is one of a number of optional events during the weekend. The programme includes workshops on ethical and political issues as well as sessions exploring more personal matters. There are also social activities in the evenings
“I'm excited about being part of the largest BiCon held in the UK,” said Sharon Langridge, a bisexual Christian from Sheffield.
She told Ekklesia, “It's a great environment in which to be a person of faith and a bisexual. There's silent worship/meditation every morning and a session on spirituality and sexuality on Monday”.
The increased numbers are seen by some as indicative of a growing awareness of bisexuality. Some bisexual activists fear that despite increased social acceptance of gay and lesbian people, understanding of bisexuality is lagging behind.
The organisers say that, “BiCon is enjoyed each year by people who are just beginning to make links with the UK bisexual community, as well as by regular attenders who come back time and time again”.
The number of Christians attending BiCon is likely to increase next year, when scheduling means that it will not clash with the Greenbelt Christian festival, as it has done this year.