Since September 2023 Curtains Up! has no longer been associated with Scripture Union. Below is the message we sent out to our supporters at that time explaining our thinking behind that change. If you have any questions about this do contact us.
Over the last twenty years we have seen an increasing number of Cast openly identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community: we have always been encouraged by Scripture Union to welcome Cast and have gladly done so. Where this is difficult is that once they reach 18, only those who fully agree with the SU lifestyle statement are meant to sign up as Crew, and the lifestyle statement specifies that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. This is especially difficult on a holiday that runs up to the age of 17.
We want to keep running a good and safe holiday where young people who love to be creative and are at least willing to explore what it means to follow God can meet together. We have reached a point where we need to step out from Scripture Union Holidays in order to welcome some of these young people onto Crew.
We know that some people reading this will not agree with the direction we are taking and if this is you, then please know that we are not seeking to cause division.
Scripture Union has been the home of Curtains Up! since 1999, but there have been many changes in that time and we are looking forward to the next chapter! If you are happy to keep journeying with us then we are very thankful to have your supportEm Rogerson – CU! Prayer email – September 2023