I am going to be on I-71, returning from a short trip to Dayton, Ohio, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20 (that’s tomorrow!) — which is only of general interest because of what I would be doing if I weren’t: going to the Christian Sexuality Forum that’s going to be held at that time in Hundley Hall, Gardencourt. Professors Chris Elwood and Sue Garrett will moderate this forum.
Organizers Gail Monsma and Karin Wright say “Many of us are struggling with how to think and talk about sexuality from a biblical and theological stance and also how to prepare ourselves to address this in pastoral ways. We need a place to discuss our views and listen to each other.” Sunday’s forum is meant to be such a safe place for discussion and learning.
There can’t be too many safe places for discussion and learning, especially about issues that are squarely facing the church and the world. We hope many members of the community will take advantage of this opportunity to think about the way same-gender relationships look from various vantage points within the Christian Biblical and theological tradition.
Then, we hope that many of those members will continue that process by coming to the discussion of gay marriage next Saturday, April 26, “Wedding Justice and Love in Faith Communities,” with Lisa Larges, Jim Rigby, Jane Spahr, and others, 9 a.m. to noon, also in Hundley Hall, Gardencourt.
That discussion is part of a set of events that clusters around the hearing of Jane Spahr’s appeal on disciplinary charges in the denomination (more info here). Which maybe just shows how much we have needed those safe spaces for discussion and learning, and for how long.