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Affirming the Call: Confronting the Challenges Faced by LGBTQ Persons Seeking Ordination

March 25, 2011

April 15, 2011
12:30 – 2:30PM
Lunch provided with free registration

Weatherly Hall in
Brite Divinity School

Parking is available at
University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
on the corner of University Blvd and Cantey Street

This event will address the challenges currently faced by LGBTQ persons seeking ordination in mainline Christian denominations, and propose strategies and resources for confronting exclusionary policies.

An expert panel, consisting of persons deeply involved in the work of inclusion and reconciliation, will set our course. The panelists-a local church pastor, a judicatory executive, and a seminary professor-

will address the exclusionary practices of many mainline denominations with regard to LGBTQ persons seeking ordination, will propose strategies for LGBTQ persons navigating the process of ministerial authorization,

and suggest ways for all other concerned persons to be helpful allies to LGBTQ persons seeking ordination.

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Religious Institute for Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing

Please register for this free event

Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng is Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. Author of the newly published book Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology, Patrick also writes about LGBTQ religious issues in the Huffington Post, and on his website.

Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren is the Regional Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Northern California-Nevada (the only officially Open and Affirming region in the Christian Church-DOC). Prior to entering Regional Ministry, Ben served in multiple ministry contexts among the Disciples: as pastor of congregations in Virginia, Kentucky, and California, as Director of Church Relations at Chapman University, and as Director of Church Relations for the National Benevolent Association

Rev. Dr. Diana Brown Holbert Rev. Dr. Diana Brown Holbert is Senior Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, a reconciling congregation in Dallas deeply involved in social justice work in its community. An ordained elder in the North Texas conference of the UMC, Diana is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology, where she also served as an adjunct professor in preaching and worship for several years.

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