Our 2014 Forum – “The Church and Homosexuality: A Model Dialogue”

It has been a couple of years since we’ve done one of our forums. This was largely due to the remodel of our store. We have had several forums where we discuss issues that the church is either talking about or struggling with. Previous topics in the past have been The Emerging Church, The Shack, Love Wins, and John Calvin (the 500th anniversary). This year we picked what is probably our most controversial topic: homosexuality. There is no doubt that this is a pressing issue in the church. Many have said that one of the first things they think about when they think of the church is homophobia. People have strong convictions on both sides and tempers are quickly raised when a conversation gets started. We are convinced the church can do better. Our forum is not intended to change opinions but rather to foster discussion and compassion. How can two people who strongly disagree with each other talk to each other and show grace to each other? In that light we are bringing two authors who have similar stories but ended up with very different conclusions. See below for information on our participants.

Unfortunately, our event (after only a week of advertising) is filled to capacity. You may still come but it is standing room only. You need to call first to reserve a spot. If you can’t make our event both authors will also be joined by a panel of very impressive scholars at another event here in town with the Colossian Forum. You can find more information about that here for the event on Aug 13 and here for the event on Aug 14. Here is the panel that will be part of the discussion.

  • Walter Moberly, Durham University
    The Bible, Theology, and Faith
  • Jonathan Wilson, Carey Theological College
    Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World
  • Jenell Paris, Messiah College
    The End of Sexual identity
  • Mark Yarhouse, Regent University
    Homosexuality and the Christian
  • Justin Lee, The Gay Christian Network
    Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
  • Wesley Hill, Trinity School for Ministry
    Washed and Waiting
  • Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, New Direction Ministries
    Generous Spaciousness
  • Tim Otto, Church of the Sojourners
    Oriented to Faith

If you would like more information give us a call at the store at 616-957-3110.

Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a nonprofit, interdenominational organization working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues.

About Torn
As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed “God Boy” by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events–his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the “ex-gay” movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible–that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.

Wesley Hill graduated from Wheaton College and has an MA in Theology and Religion from Durham University in the UK. He is currently working toward a PhD in New Testament at Durham and has written forBooks and Culture and Ransom Fellowship’s magazine,Critique.

About Washed and Waiting
As a celibate gay Christian, Hill isn’t afraid to ask big questions. What does it mean for gay Christians to be faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God’s will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, Hill advocates neither unqualified “healing” for those who struggle nor accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness.

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One thought on “Our 2014 Forum – “The Church and Homosexuality: A Model Dialogue”

  1. Louis,
    Very well written! We will continue to pray for this event.

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