Each session will be specialized for targeted audiences including: Christian parents of LGBT youth, PFLAG chapters, and GSAs, and pastors and church leaders who are seeking understanding. Anyone is welcome to any session. (The space will be limited during the first few series.)
The first 6-week-long session, targeted toward Christian parents of LGBT children, will begin Wednesday, July 1, 2015 and continue each Wednesday through Wednesday, August 5th starting at 5 pm Pacific. The online sessions are free. Each session will include at least 20 minutes of Q&R with the attendees.
The outline will follow the section break of Walking the Bridgeless Canyon. While it is recommended that attendees may most benefit by reading the sections prior to the presentation and discussion, it is not necessary.
Important note to parents who may believe their child is LGBT or may not understand what this means or what response you may offer: you are very welcome to participate anonymously.
My co-host for most sessions will be Yvette Cantu Schneider, a former policy analyst for Family Research Council, and head of Women’s Ministry for the now defunct Exodus International. Yvette and Kathy are both educated on the many issues associated faith and sexual orientation and gender identity. Our tone is gracious and inclusive and you will find a safe space to ask the question that most concern you.
We may have expert guests join us for some of the session segments. (Lisa Salazar, Tim Rymel, Matthew Vines, Allyson Robinson, Linda and Rob Robinson, Joani Lea Jack, Brody Levesque, and others)
Weekly segment topics:
- Early understanding of same-sex behavior
- The “discovery” of heterosexuality and homosexuality
- How did heterosexuality become the “good” sex?
- Historical terms about same-sex attracted people and the link to views on women
- How did homosexuality come to be understood as a mental illness?
- The beginnings of reparative, or change therapy
- Gays in the American culture from the 1940s to the 1960s
Week 2. Religion and Politics
- The roots of Fundamentalism
- The need to galvanize unregistered blocs of Fundamentalists in the mid-1970s
- Conservative voters and gay activists rise in response to actions by Anita Bryant
- The AIDS crisis in the 1980s and the response of the American public and Christian church
Week 3. Science
- What is sex?
- What is intersex?
- Understanding gender
- Understanding transgender
- The science of sexual orientation
- “Gay sex” — so, do the parts “fit”?
Week 4. Same-sex behavior in the Bible
- Leviticus 18 and 20
- Romans 1
- 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy
- Deuteronomy 22:5
- Civil marriage and biblical marriage
Week 5. LGBT Christians and their allies
- Trying to “fix” gay Christians and the rise of the Exodus-type ministries
- Mixed orientation marriage where one spouse is straight and one is gay
- The beginnings of the gay Christian movement
Week 6. How best to become an ally or help create safe places for those coming out
- The first studies on LGBT youth did not begin until the early 1990s
- How best to help your LGBT child as they come out
- Helping to create safe places for LGBT youth and adults in churches
Please send an email below and we will let you know where online you can join us beginning in July, and then continuing several times throughout the year.
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