Malone University Worldview Forum Series presents “Gay and Christian: A Dialogue on a Faith-Driven Life”
September 18, 2013 | Release # 6718
The intent of the Worldview Forum Series is to provide the community with the opportunity to practice critical thinking and civil dialogue in the comparison of various worldviews in a professionally moderated, academic environment. It is expected that the forums will help those who attend learn to identify the constitute elements of differing worldviews as well as their implications upon belief and practice.
The Malone University Worldview Forum Series will open its 2013-14 season with "Gay and Christian: A Dialogue on a Faith-Driven Life" Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. Proponents are Justin Lee, founder and executive director of the Gay Christian Network; and Christopher Yuan of Moody Bible Institute. Moderator is Jason Moyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication arts at Malone University. The program is free and open to the public.
Questions the dialogue will include are each proponent's perspective on:
- Issues of monogamy and celibacy for gay Christians and how that is reconciled with a Christian worldview
- The interpretation of the cultural practice in some Christian circles toward "reparative therapy"
- Scriptures addressing what it means to be "gay" and "Christian"
- Advice for church leaders
Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of the Gay Christian Network, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians.
Lee has a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University. He directed a 2009 documentary, Through My Eyes, which explores the struggles of young gay Christians, and authored, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs. Christians Debate. He authors the blog, Crumbs from the Communion Table.
Christopher Yuan teaches at Moody Bible Institute and travels the world sharing his story. Yuan graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary in the area of sexuality and celibacy.
He is featured in the award-winning documentary, "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS" and has co-authored with his mother, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014, has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.
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