I. Am. So. Stoked.
Found out this afternoon that I am one of only *50* people that were selected to attend The Reformation Project‘s leadership training conference this fall in Kansas City! If you’re not familiar, TRP is an organization founded by Matthew Vines, who gained notoriety not quite two years ago when a video went viral of him talking about why the Bible doesn’t actually condemn homosexuality. He is a remarkable young man and is doing amazing things working towards equality and full inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community within the Christian church.
Over the next 13 weeks, we’ll be participating in discussions together online, as well as reading a pretty hefty load of awesome books. Basically, preparation will be the equivalent of taking a semester-long college or seminary course.
From The Reformation Project’s website:
“The conference itself will consist of three full days of sessions on the following subjects:
- The history of homosexuality in the biblical world
- Genesis 19 (Sodom and Gomorrah)
- Leviticus 18 and 20
- Romans 1
- 1 Corinthians 6 and 1 Timothy 1
- The theology of marriage and celibacy
- Transgender Christians
- Leadership, organizing, and public speaking skills
Esteemed seminary professor Jim Brownson will lead several of the teaching sessions. Brownson is a professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary and the author of the new book Bible, Gender, Sexuality.
We will also be hosting Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, who will screen his new film God Loves Uganda for us at an evening event. The film documents the influence of American missionaries on the LGBT community in Uganda, offering a real-world snapshot of the consequences of biblical interpretations on homosexuality.
The goal of the conference will be to make you a more informed, articulate, and effective spokesperson for your theological position in discussions and debates with other Christians about LGBT issues. You will have to work hard, but you will also get to meet and befriend 49 other amazing Christians who are committed to LGBT equality in the church.”
For those who know me, it will be no surprise that I am thrilled about this opportunity. This is a cause about which I am incredibly passionate, and I am honored to be part of this inaugural training session. I will certainly be writing more about this venture as we sally forth!!
Thanks to all for your love, support, prayers, and good energy as I’ve gone through the application process. xoxo Namaste!