Season of Holy Conversation
The Church and LGBTQ+ Ministry
The last decade has seen an increase in public and legal recognition of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) individuals. Many churches still struggle with how to be in ministry with the LGBTQ+ community, wrestling with questions like:
Is it possible to identify as an LGBTQ+ person and still be a Christian?
What do we find in the Bible about same-sex marriages?
Where should the church stand on gender identity?
Should the church allow ordination of LGBTQ+ clergy?
This is an important and a relevant conversation as our global United Methodist Church struggles with these same questions. In a time when public discourse has turned toxic, we want to model something different: a holy conversation where we honor and respect our differences while also being honest with our beliefs. Through a series of guest preachers, we will hear biblical perspectives from differing positions. We will also engage in small group conversations to discuss what we’ve heard, listen to others’ experiences, and share our own thoughts. The goal is not to come to decisions or propose specific actions, but to become better informed, and to better understand where the people in our worshiping community are. Let’s enter this conversation with courage and love.
Want to participate in a Conversation Group? These are groups of 8 to 10 people who meet each week of the season for conversation around the topics discussed in worship. Childcare will be offered for the groups meeting on Sundays at Church St.
Want to register for children’s Wonder Lab (during worship)?
A link for Wonder Lab will be coming soon!
Schedule of Presenters—Sundays during 11:00 a.m. worship
Sunday, October 10 The Why and How of the Conversation
Rev. Brad Dulaney & Mike Weaver
Sunday, October 17 A Traditionalist Perspective
Rev. Greg West
Sunday, October 24 A Centrist Perspective
Rev. Sarah Locke & Rev. Bryson Smith
Sunday, October 31 A Progressive Perspective
Rev. Amanda Miller Garber