Adult Formation Ministries at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church is offering a forum series titled "Christian Holiness and Human Sexuality," exploring how Christians can combine sexual expression with Christian holiness.
The series will span the five Sundays in June (June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) at 10:15 a.m. in the La Paz Room at St. Philip's, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.
In a series of five sessions, participants will examine biblical, historical, theological, ethical and liturgical traditions, developing a pathway to identify the qualities of human sexuality as lived by baptized Christians that will help partners involved in a same-sex relationship, their children and families, the church and society to live in ways that are faithful to their identities and the Gospel.
Specifically, the series will focus on how much the world has changed over the 5,000 years of Judeo-Christian history, causing changes in the views dominating public and church discourse centering on the role of human sexuality and marriage. Questions of Christian holiness, human sexual identity and the church's role in blessing lifelong committed relationships of its members are serious issues around which feelings run high, and people of good will often disagree.
This series is designed for LGBT and non-LGBT Christians.
The sessions are organized as follows. Session 1: Scripture and Marriage/Scripture: Sexuality and Sexual Orientation; Session 2: Arguments From Tradition; Session 3: Ethics and Moral Theology; Session 4: Ritual Considerations in Same-Sex Marriage; Session 5: It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: A Response from an African Perspective. (Session 5 deals with some conflict in the Episcopal Church over the topic of blessing - even accepting - same-sex unions.)
The public is invited. Participants may attend one or more sessions. There is no fee.
Participants may want to buy the book "Christian Holiness and Human Sexuality: A Study Guide for Episcopalians" (Adams, M.M., et. al (2011); New York: Church Publishing Co.).
Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side. The office phone is 299-6421.
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