Revoice 2018

Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic Christian tradition.

New Community

Gather together with other gender and sexual minorities and those who love them and experience a new kind of gospel community.

Better Conversation

Listen to, learn from, and participate in conversations with speakers who bring a nuanced perspective to the table of discussion.

Diverse Collective

Benefit from curated presentations on a wide variety of topics related to LGBT experience and the historic, Christian sexual ethic.

speakers

Keynote and Workshop Presenters

  • Wesley Hill

    Keynote Speaker

  • Eve Tushnet

    Keynote Speaker

  • Nate Collins

    Keynote Speaker

  • Greg Coles

    Worship Leader

SCHEDULE

Eve Tushnet

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Main Sanctuary

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About Eve Tushnet

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venue

The historic Memorial Presbyterian Church is located
minutes away from the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum,
Forest Park, and the famous Delmar Loop district.

address

201 S Skinker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 721-0943
7 miles west of Downtown

more information

Nearby Lodging

Each of these local hotels is within two miles from Memorial Presbyterian Church.

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Registration will open on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 12 PM noon (EST).

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FAQ

About Revoice

The word revoice means “to update or refurbish with a new, fresh voice.” It was originally used within the world of musical instrument repair, but metaphorically it can refer to the shape of the conversation that a group of people have about a particular topic. For example, when the pro-life movement first gathered steam, it focused almost entirely on the goal of ending abortion through the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Unfortunately, this eventually led to criticisms that pro-life advocates were ambivalent toward other forms of reproductive injustice, such as a lack of access to affordable childcare or maternity care for the impoverished. Although the pro-life movement had always been “anti-abortion,” it soon become synonymous with “anti-woman.” Thankfully, leaders in the pro-life movement today are aware of this and are recalibrating—or revoicing—their messaging and strategy accordingly.

Few conversations taking place today need to be revoiced more than Christian discussions about LGBT people and the way they experience their gender and sexuality. Like talking heads on evening news, conservative Christian leaders and their conservative LGBT brothers and sisters find themselves in a conversation whose posture, content, and tone is ill-suited to developing a consensus path forward. Yet this is a gospel issue. These conversations need to be revoiced so that the gospel of Jesus Christ can more easily be applied to the individuals who are involved in them.

What is the mission of Revoice?

To encourage, support, and empower gay, lesbian, and other same-sex-attracted Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic, Christian sexual ethic.

What is the vision of Revoice?

Revoice exists because we want to see LGBT people who adhere to the historic, Christian sexual ethic flourish in their local faith communities. We envision a future Christianity where LGBT people can be open and transparent in their faith communities about their orientation and/or experience of gender dysphoria without feeling inferior to their straight, cisgender brothers and sisters; where churches not only utilize, but also celebrate the unique opportunities that life-long celibate LGBT people have to serve others; where Christian leaders boast about the faith of LGBT people who are sacrificing temporary, fleeting pleasures for the sake of the Kingdom; and where LGBT people are welcomed into families so they, too, can experience the joys, challenges, and benefits of kinship.

What does Revoice believe about human sexuality?

We believe that the Bible restricts sexual activity to the context of a marriage covenant, which is defined in the Bible as the emotional, spiritual, and physical union of a man and a woman that is ordered toward procreation. At the same time, we also believe that the Bible honors those who live out an extended commitment to celibacy, and that unmarried people should play a uniquely valuable role in the lives of local faith communities. Together, these two convictions constitute the “traditional sexual ethic,” because it represents the worldview that the Bible consistently teaches across both the Old and New Testaments and that Christians have historically believed for millennia.

But a historic, or traditional, sexual ethic in itself is not automatically a Christian sexual ethic. Simply abstaining from sex outside of marriage does not make one a faithful and thriving disciple and follower of Christ. Furthermore, LGBT people who remain faithful to the Bible’s teaching about sexual expression do not automatically thrive as Christians in their local church. A Christian sexual ethic that is life-giving for all people, including LGBT people, is not something that we can simply assume we already possess, but must instead be a goal that all Christians—straight and nonstraight—continually attempt to construct and refine anew in their own cultural context. Settling for less than this results in a version of the traditional sexual ethic whose cultural relevance might not be immediately apparent to populations of people who live at the margins of our society. For these individuals, a culturally irrelevant sexual ethic simply doesn’t feel livable.