Too often, conversations about LGBTQ Christians in the church can descend into bitter debates that divide rather than build up. Consequently, many Christians are reluctant to engage the conversation, wary of generating more heat than light.
The Reformation Project firmly believes that it is possible to have better, more loving, and more Christ-like conversations about LGBTQ inclusion in the church that acknowledge the diversity of viewpoints that exist while also respecting and honoring one another as committed Christians regardless of our views on the topic.
We are excited to announce a special event on May 18 in Orlando called "Elevating the Dialogue on LGBTQ Inclusion and Understanding in the Church." Hosted at Northland, A Church Distributed, this panel conversation will feature Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor at Northland; Bishop Kelvin Cobaris, founding pastor of The Impact Church of Orlando; and the Rev. Terri Steed-Pierce, senior pastor of Joy Metropolitan Community Church. The panel will be moderated by Amelia Markham, the Atlanta organizer for The Reformation Project, and the Q&A session will be facilitated by Matthew Vines, The Reformation Project's executive director. While the panelists' theological views on marriage and sexuality vary, they are all committed to making the church a more loving, supportive place for LGBTQ Christians.
This is a free event and all are welcome, whether you've never set foot in a church or you've been a Christian your whole life. We'll also have a time for Q&A with the panelists at the end of the event.