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Malone University's Worldview Forum to focus on issues at the intersection of religious liberty & LGBT rights

April 7, 2017 | Release # 7320

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Malone University’s Worldview Forum speaker series presents "Moving the Conversation Forward: The Legal Rights of the LGBTQ and Religious Communities" and will focus on the issues at the intersection of religious liberty & LGBT rights. The moderated discussion is scheduled for Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Worship Center of the Johnson Center for Worship & Fine Arts (please note location change). The forum is free and open to the public. 

Worldview Forums provide Malone University and surrounding community the opportunity to explore important issues of the day, practice critical thinking, and participate in civil dialogue with people with competing worldviews in a professionally moderated, academic environment. It is expected that the forums will help those who attend learn to identify the constituent elements of differing worldviews as well as their implications upon belief and practice.

The program’s topic will explore questions of respect, civility, faith, tolerance and inclusion.

"Malone has offered Worldview Forums since 1999 as an opportunity to engage students in conversations about challenging topics impacting our world,” said Malone President David King. “A Christian college is a community in which respectful dialogue around topics which generate emotion and difference of opinion can and should take place. As a Christian University it is our desire to embrace complex and difficult conversations even when differing perspectives may not be in alignment with our core immutable values. It is an opportunity to reaffirm who we are through respectful and informed dialogue. After all, it is in relationships with our neighbors whom we are called to love that they experience ‘Christ in us’.”

Featured speakers for the forum will be:

  • Robin Fretwell Wilson, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Wilson is the author of eight books including Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty. Wilson has worked extensively on state law reform. Recently she assisted the Utah Legislature to enact the Utah Compromise, balancing LGBT rights with religious liberty protections for traditional marriage. Wilson has been active in Ohio in a comparable effort known as Fairness for All.

  • Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Minter was the lead counsel for same-sex couples in the California marriage equality case which held that same sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny.

Located on 96 rolling acres in Canton, Ohio, Malone University is comprised of the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences; the School of Education and Human Development; the School of Business and Leadership; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Malone is a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, offering 41 majors, 42 minors, and 11 graduate programs. Nationally, Malone University is ranked in the top four percent of colleges and universities in career outcomes, top 10 (#9) best online financial aid packages, and top 50 (#30) most affordable Christian colleges. Regionally, U.S. News & World Report���s America���s Best Colleges 2015 ranks Malone University among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest in the category Regional Universities, and to its list of best online bachelor���s programs. Statewide, Malone appears on the list of colleges offering the best lifetime return on investment in Ohio. Malone University has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as a military-friendly school by Victory Media, and as one of Northeast Ohio���s top workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Take a virtual tour of Malone University.


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