What does the Bible really say about same-sex relationships? More than any current question the Christian church is facing, this one has the power to divide families, churches, and entire denominations. Do you know what you believe and why? Have you ever truly listened to both sides? Can you find common ground with those with whom you disagree?
If these questions intrigue you, then please join The Marin Foundation for a three-part series examining the traditional and progressive interpretations of the Bible as it relates to same-sex relationships. These FREE events are at 5255 N Ashland Ave in Room 124 at 7pm every other Monday. The first one is this Monday, July 7th. If you’re available beforehand, we will meet at Lady Gregory’s on 5260 N Clark St at 5:15 pm to grab a bite to eat and hang out.
- July 7th Part 1 – Presentation by Matthew Vines: Matthew Vines is a speaker, author of God and The Gay Christian and founder of the Reformation Project. As a gay Christian, Matthew will give an overview of the progressive interpretation of scripture as it relates to same-sex relationships. Read more about Matthew on his website: www.matthewvines.com
- July 21st Part 2 – Presentation by Julie Rodgers: Julie Rodgers writes and speaks about faith and sexuality as a celibate gay Christian. Julie will give an overview of the traditional interpretation of scripture as it relates to same-sex relationships. Read more on her blog:julierodgers.wordpress.com
- August 4th Part 3: Group Discussion: We will come together to discuss the speakers and information shared in the previous two gatherings and consider ways in which we can move past our differences, live in constructive tension and elevate this conversation.
We hope to see you there!
The Marin Foundation
These gatherings are an opportunity for anyone who is interested in the intersection of faith, culture, gender and sexuality to come together and safely discuss these divisive topics. In these meetings you will find members of the LGBTQ community, Christian community, and other communities. There are LGBTQ Christians, LGBTQ atheists, those pursuing celibacy, and ex-gays. Straight Christians from all denominations (progressive to conservative), atheists and folks from other faith backgrounds come as well. We all willfully enter into a place of constructive tension, intentionally forming a community that struggles through difficult topics in a peaceful and productive manner.