The Reformation Project and Woodland Baptist Church are excited to host a public conversation on how churches can be more inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ people even if our interpretation of the Bible differs.
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 created the Elevating the Dialogue series to show how it is possible for Christians who value Scripture and tradition but come to different conclusions about gender and sexuality to maintain fellowship and unity.
We will have a panel of local San Antonio pastors who interpret the Bible differently when it comes to same-sex relationships. 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.
"All too often, conversations about LGBTQ Christians in the church descend into bitterness and acrimony,” says Matthew Vines, executive director and founder of The Reformation Project. “In San Antonio, we hope to turn down the volume as we model genuine Christian love, humility, and forbearance in this conversation."
Elevating the Dialogue: San Antonio is one in a series of public conversations held in churches around the country to encourage meaningful dialogue among affirming and non-affirming Christians. The discussions are organized by The Reformation Project with a generous grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and hosted by local churches.
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