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.
Gather together with other gender and sexual minorities and those who love them and experience a new kind of gospel community.
Listen to, learn from, and participate in conversations with speakers who bring a nuanced perspective to the table of discussion.
Benefit from curated presentations on a wide variety of topics related to LGBT experience and the historic, Christian sexual ethic.
Keynote and Workshop Presenters
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How can we fight back against the temptation towards despair of being a sexual minority committed to historic Christian teachings on sex? How might we engage our longings as we await our King's return? Join me as we consider what it may look like to abound in hope, together.
How can we live in harmony with the historic Christian sexual ethic while also radically embracing the LGBT+ community? The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) denomination is seeking to live into this reality with gracious conviction and courageous love. In her role as Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the ECC, Michelle is leading the development of “Embrace.” Embrace is a suite of discipleship resources on human sexuality that her team will curate and create in phases for the entire denomination of 850+ diverse local churches across North America. Come for a conversation on what they have learned so far, with added thoughts on the unique intersections of sexuality and ethnic diversity.
For the sexual minority seeking to submit his or her life fully to Christ and to the historic Christian sexual ethic, queer culture presents a bit of a dilemma; rather than combing through and analyzing to find which parts are to be rejected, to be redeemed, or to be received with joy (Acts 17:16-34), Christians have often discarded the virtues of queer culture along with the vices, which leaves culturally connected Christian sexual minorities torn between two cultures, two histories, and two communities. So questions that have until now been largely unanswered remain: what does queer culture (and specifically, queer literature and theory) have to offer us who follow Christ? What queer treasure, honor, and glory will be brought into the New Jerusalem at the end of time (Revelation 21:24-26)?
What we run to is not as important as the reason we run. The reason we run is because we are trying to satisfy Core Needs. How can you care for the Core Needs of your heart? Core Needs were placed in us by God, and can only be met by God. People (the Church) support that God-need-meeting process, and show us glimmers of Himself. Join Laurie Krieg, speaker, writer, and executive director of Hole in My Heart Ministries, as she opens up her heart while seeking to care for the needs in yours.
What are the components of a church culture that make it a place of safety for sexual minorities to encounter the love of Jesus and to grow and mature into Christian leaders? What does it look like when it's right? And for those in ministry leadership, what can they be doing to help foster and shape that culture within their church or ministry? What pastoral situations should church leaders plan for along the way? Join us as we discuss these vital questions for modern church ministry.
Christian parents of children who identify as LGBT often have a difficult time navigating their grief and feelings while maintaining a relationship with their children, continuing to love them well—with both grace and truth. These parents often struggle to find grace-based support that's rooted in the traditional biblical sexual ethic. Jim and Laura have been walking this road for more than a decade with a group of parents and family members in St. Louis. Join them for an honest discussion of the particular challenges and fears--and unexpected joys--that come along this journey.
There is a lot of discussion in the Church today about ministry *to* sexual minorities, but what does truly helpful pastoral care look like? At which points does such ministry often go off the rails? What role is there for the unique experiences and gifts that sexual minorities bring to the table? Join Stephen, Christina, and David--who all serve with FirstLight's local Sexual Minority Fellowship--as we discuss ministry models that provide compassionate, biblically-based care to sexual minorities while also equipping and empowering sexual minorities for their own ministries and callings in the Church and world.
Leviticus is well-known for its prohibitions against homosexual sex (Lev 18:22; 20:13). But there are legitimate questions about why these prohibitions should apply and why others in Leviticus do not. In this session, we will look at some of the most common reasons it is argued the prohibitions of Lev 18:22 and 20:13 no longer apply and then consider why they might still apply. Throughout the session, we will also consider why Leviticus itself can legitimately be viewed as part of God’s good news for his people today.
When navigating relationships, we often hear talk about setting and keeping boundaries or avoiding violating boundaries but what even is a boundary? Why should we set boundaries in our relationships and how do we set and keep boundaries when the emotional stakes feel so high? For sexual minorities, this can be an even more daunting task with few resources that address the complexities of unrequited love, homophobia, and minority stress. In this workshop, we'll talk about healthy dynamics in interpersonal relationships, what codependency really looks like, and how to articulate and set boundaries so that we can flourish by loving those in our lives well.
God created us to live lives of passion, purpose, and delight--but shame, fear and loneliness too often rob us of these experiences. This workshop will discuss the unique causes and consequences of shame, fear and loneliness for sexual minority believers, while exploring ways to combat these experiences and live whole-heartedly as God intended.
This participatory workshop will be a time for celibate LGBTQIA/SSA women to share our stories, challenges, blessings, questions, pet peeves, life hacks and pro tips. We will look at the contexts of our families, churches, and other communities, and work together to discover and build models of celibacy in which women can thrive.
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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.
201 S Skinker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
7 miles west of Downtown
Each of these local hotels is within two miles from Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Registration will open on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 12 PM noon (EST).
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Revoice is one of the most significant movements in the conversation about faith, sexuality, and gender. It’s filling a massive void in the church, as we continue to wrestle with what it means to walk faithfully with Jesus in and through our sexuality. I can’t more highly recommend that churches, parents, and Christians all around spread the word about this ministry. It’s an absolute gift to the church.
Now more than ever, the church must love and support our Christian brothers and sisters who are same-sex-attracted, yet desire to lead biblically-faithful lives, whether in singleness or marriage. I'm encouraged that Revoice is here to meet this great need in the church.
Karen Swallow Prior