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Pastors, family counselors, and campus ministers are likely aware of the need for Christian teaching and ministry resources associated with the issue of same-sex attraction. Please consider joining this important conversation on the Trinity School for Ministry campus in the Pittsburgh area—Christian Faith and Same-sex Attraction: Finding Paths to Ministry, October 10-11, 2014. [The North American Lutheran Seminary is located at Trinity School for Ministry.]
How can our churches speak the Good News of Jesus Christ to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer neighbors? And how can their faith and discipleship be nurtured so that they, in turn, can use their gifts and exercise their ministries in our churches? “Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction” is a conference designed to explore these questions. The historic biblical teaching on marriage and sexuality affirms that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman, requiring fidelity and chastity, while the chaste single state is equally honored and celebrated. Such teaching requires sacrifice and discipline on the part of gay Christians (as it does for all Christians), but it also affirms the blessings and opportunities that gay people bring to the life of faith. “Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction” will provide a forum in which to examine these questions for the sake of Christian witness in our world today.
The links below will take you to interviews with Dr. Wesley Hill, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity. He addresses his area of interest in developing a theology of Christian Friendship, and introduces the topic of finding paths to ministry with people of same-sex attraction. Wes has written for Books & Culture and First Things and is a regular columnist for Christianity Today.
Christian Faith & Same-Sex Attraction Conference, October 2014 – 4m. conference preview
Rediscovering Christian Friendship Forum – 26m. discussion