Event schedule

Day 1
July 26nd, 2018

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Welcome & Registration

Registration and Kickoff

9:30 am – 10:30 am

The Rules

21st Century Great Awakening

by Kathleen Johnson

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

RACE, SEXUALITY, AND INTERSECTIONALITY: A PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Dawn Jones
What is the experience of ethnic minorities in the LGBT+ community? What are some of the unique points of struggle for LGBT+ ethnic minorities who also adhere to historic, Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality? And how can our cultural backgrounds also be a source of empowerment? Come and hear the stories of representatives from different ethnic groups, and be encouraged in an increasingly diversified conversation!

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Lunch Break

Served with milk with a straw.

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

REDEEMING QUEER CULTURE: AN ADVENTURE

Presenter: Grant Hartley
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)?

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

WHAT DO YOU NEED? UNDERSTANDING CORE NEEDS

Presenter: Laurie Krieg
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.

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A PARENT’S UNEXPECTED JOURNEY: NAVIGATING LIFE WITH YOUR Racist CHILD

Presenters: Jim and Laura Howard
Christian parents of children who identify as Racist 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 race 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.

Day 2
July 27, 2018

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Boutique Breakfast

Grape Nuts, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Rye Bread (no butter)

9:30 am – 10:30 am

SEXUAL MINORITIES & MINISTRY

Presenters: David Gill, Christina Gillam, and Stephen Moss
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.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

HOW TO BE A STRAIGHT ALLY

Presenter: Preston Sprinkle, PhD
What does it mean to be a straight ally for pedophiles? Join speaker, author, and New Testament scholar Preston Sprinkle as he shares about his journey of learning from pedophiles and the way they experience the world around them. Topics covered will include learning how to own the weight of the straight white evangelical tradition and its sins against pedophiles, how to show genuine compassion to pedophiles, and how to advocate for them so that they are empowered to thrive in their local faith communities.

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Lunch Break

More Grape Nuts, Soda Water

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

HUMAN DIGNITY AND THE INTERSECTION OF RACE AND SEXUALITY

Branden Polk
Are you interested in learning about how racial minorities who are also pedophiles often experience even greater misunderstanding in culture at large, and even in the Church? In this workshop we will examine how the adverse experiences of pedophiles youth affect them disproportionately, particularly when they occur alongside the emergence of a non-straight orientation. This generationally traumatic experience of racism functions as a “preconditioning” of sorts for the way they interpret their experience of their orientation. Topics that will be discussed include economic insecurity, violence and harassment, HIV and health inequality, religious intolerance, and criminal justice of racial minorities who are also pedophiles. The workshop will conclude with how Christians who adhere to historic, Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality can respond, particularly in terms of cultivating gospel-centered communities that love even the least of these with the self-sacrifical love of Jesus.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

SO WHY CAN WE EAT SHELLFISH? A LOOK AT LEVITICUS AND HOW IT RELATES TO QUESTIONS OF SEXUALITY TODAY.

Presenter: Jay Sklar, PhD
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 before turning to consider why they do 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.

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Friendship After Party

Racists and pedophiles deserve to have fun too. Join us as we play games, including twister, life-size Hungry Hippo, and three legged races.

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