Christian Faith & Same-Sex Attraction

How can our churches speak the Good News of Jesus Christ to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer neighbors? And how can their faith and discipleship be nurtured so that they, in turn, can use their gifts and exercise their ministries in our churches? "Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction" is a conference designed to explore these questions. The historic biblical teaching on marriage and sexuality affirms that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman, requiring fidelity and chastity, while the chaste single state is equally honored and celebrated. Such teaching requires sacrifice and discipline on the part of gay Christians (as it does for all Christians), but it also affirms the blessings and opportunities that gay people bring to the life of faith. "Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction" will provide a forum in which to examine these questions for the sake of Christian witness in our world today.

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Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D., is the Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he is a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Yarhouse has spent several years promoting dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is author or co-author of several books, including Sexual Identity Synthesis: Attributions, Meaning-Making and the Search for Congruence, Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation, and Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends.
 

Melinda Selmys is the author of Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism, and Sexual Authenticity: More Reflections. She has written extensively on issues of faith and sexuality for a wide variety of publications including First Things and The National Catholic RegisterSelmys has appeared on a variety of Catholic television and radio shows. She presented at the Edith Stein Conference in 2010, and has also spoken for youth retreats, university groups and parish organizations.



 
Wesley Hill (PhD, Durham University, UK) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, 2010). His book Paul and the Trinity will be published this fall with Eerdmans, and his next book Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian will be released in 2015 from Brazos Press. He has written for Books & Culture and First Things and is a regular columnist for Christianity Today. With Ron Belgau, he co-founded SpiritualFriendship.org.

 
Eve Tushnet lives in Washington, DC, where she was raised somewhere between atheism and Reform Judaism. She co-founded her high school’s gay/straight alliance and entered the Catholic Church in 1998, during her sophomore year at Yale University. She is a freelance writer and a recovering alcoholic. In 2010, she was profiled in the New York Times “Beliefs” column. Tushnet blogs regularly at The American Conservative and Patheos. Her work has been published by the Atlantic, Weekly Standard, Commonweal, and First Things, and she has written for the Washington Post “On Faith” blog and the New York Times “Room for Debate.” She has spoken on being gay and Catholic at Carnegie-Mellon University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, Fordham, among others. She has also addressed a group of campus ministers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and spoken with Interfaith Voices, a syndicated public radio show. Tushnet contributed an essay on gay Catholic life to the 2008 anthology Faith at the Edge, and has essays forthcoming in books from Fordham University Press and Notre Dame University Press.