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Evangelicals Supporting Marriage Equality: In Conversation

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What does it actually mean for Christians to love our neighbours as ourselves?

As we watch (or even participate in) an increasingly ugly, polarized and speculative debate around same-sex marriage playing out in our communities, it can be easy to forget that this is a decision which is having huge and often harmful consequences for our LGBTIQ+ friends, family and community. But in some Christian communities, this is being framed as an ultimatum: where Christians are called to defend “traditional marriage” as a foundational part of our faith.

How can Christians respond with love, justice and humility?

Join us for an informal evening of honest conversation with a panel of ordinary Christians, who have come from different backgrounds and experiences to reach a position of support for marriage equality.

Our panelists will be responding to your questions on this topic, and will also spend some time focusing on what Christians can practically do to care for LGBTIQ+ people who are in our church communities.

You can participate in this conversation by submitting a question for the panel when you register.

Panelists:

Rosie Clare Shorter

Rosie Clare is a postgraduate cultural studies student at Macquarie University. Her research considers how an idea or promise of future happiness is used to regulate behaviour in Protestant Evangelical teaching on marriage and sexuality.

Rosie Clare has attended Sydney Anglican churches for most of her life, except for a short stint in a Church of England parish in West London.

Steff Fenton

Steff is a self-identified gay Anglican Christian, currently studying theology by distance through Moore Theological College. Steff is involved in many LGBT Christian groups in order to advocate for better inclusion of same-sex attracted people in the Anglican Church. She blogs at queervangelical.com.

Karl Hand

Karl Hand is an ordained minister in Metropolitan Community Church, and the founding pastor of Crave MCC in Sydney Australia. He has taught Exegesis and Greek courses at UTC as well as Australian Catholic University, and the University of Newcastle. He holds two masters degrees in theology and philosophy, and has completed a PhD through Charles Sturt University, which is about the source history of the gospel of Luke.

Karl has an evangelical theology, a pentecostal spirituality, and a liberationist hermeneutic. He enjoys provocative and playful readings of the scripture which trigger spiritual transformation and cognitive growth. He is passionate about social transformation, and was the co-convenor of Community Action Against Homophobia, an activist group which campaigns for the rights of the LGBTI community in Australia.

Rev. Dr Keith Mascord

Rev. Dr Keith Mascord is the author of Faith without Fear: risky choices facing contemporary Christians, 2016. He is an executive member of Equal Voices, a cross-denominational, grassroots movement of Australian Christians committed to apology, reconciliation and inclusive churches: https://equalvoices.org.au/.


Please note that while most of the panelists of this event are Anglicans in Sydney churches, this event is not affiliated with the Sydney Anglican Diocese.

Refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions during the registration process.

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