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March Adult Forums at First United Methodist:
Talking with the Neighbors about...Dialogue on Gender Relationships and Morality
About a decade ago, Tony Campolo, author, humorist, professor, and some-time “progressive Evangelical Christian,” published a book addressed to young evangelicals. In the entire book, there was one chapter on the controversies among Christians on inclusion of gay and lesbian persons. Campolo said then that wherever he went to speak, he spent 80% of his time addressing the questions people have about that single chapter in the whole book.
Since that time, of course, much has changed. While moral questions are still debated, same-gender marriage has been legalized in the U.S., and several denominations have permitted local churches and clergy to establish their own practice with regard to same-gender marriage. Ordination and leadership participation is also changing. Many states and corporations have instituted protective policies and legislation.
During March, all members and participants are invited to share in talking about the current “chapter” of our own life together in Christ through Sunday morning dialogues on perspectives, ethics, morality and values related to gay, lesbian, and transgender persons in society and in the life of congregations. We are going to offer an open, respectful, civil and prayerful process of “holy conversation,” as we consider, study and pray about these matters.
During March, each adult forum will begin on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Light refreshments will be available. The conversations are free and open to your invited guests. The schedule will be as follows.
March 5—Professor Charles Huff, Psychology Professor at St. Olaf College will speak on The Science of Homosexual Identity.
March 12—Bishop Bruce Ough, Minnesota and Dakotas Conferences and Current Chair of the global Council of Bishops will speak on Global United Methodism and GLBTQ or Homosexual Expressions.
March 19—To be determined. Pending.