Sexual identity has become an idol in both the culture at large and in the Christian subculture. And yet concepts like "gay" or "straight" are relatively recent developments in human history. We let ourselves be defined by socially constructed notions of sexual identity and sexual orientation--even though these may not be the only or best ways to think about sexuality.
Anthropologist Jenell Williams Paris offers a Christian framework for sexual holiness that accounts for complex postmodern realities. She assesses problems with popular cultural and Christian understandings of heterosexuality and homosexuality alike. The End of Sexual Identity moves beyond culture-war impasses to open up new space for conversations in diverse communities both inside and outside the church.
Join us on January 28 for this "mini conference." Each session will include a presentation from Jenell, Q&A, and guided conversation.
10am-Noon: Session 1 : The End of Sexual Identity
Noon-1:30pm: Lunch (On your own. A list of nearby restaurants will be provided.)
1:30pm-3:30pm: Session 2: Cure or Care?: Sexual Holiness in Marriage and Singleness
When & Where
The Upper Room
The Upper Room is a new church plant in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Our goal is to be a body of believers dedicated to the growth of the Kingdom of God. We participate in God’s mission to the world by calling new people into relationship with Jesus Christ, equipping them as disciples for ministry, and sending them into the world in mission. To live out this purpose, we believe that God has called us to be a cross-cultural, sacramental, and missional community. We worship on Sunday mornings at 11am at 5828 Forward Ave. To learn more, check out www.pghupperroom.com