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Homosexuality & The Bible, Part II: Dialogue

First Universalists Rejoin Secular Bible Study for Dialogue, in Part II of "Homosexuality & The Bible"!

At the heart of the debate over homosexuality and Christian Ethics is The Big Question: "What does The Bible say -- or NOT say -- about homosexuality?"

To approach this question, 1stU-SBS attendees, guided by Speaker-Moderator John Gustav-Wrathall, Adjunct Professor of United Theological Seminary and a same-sex married, excommunicated gay Mormon, will seek the question's historical context -- to more broadly understand biblical sexual ethics, as well as biblical views of gender relations and marriage, both in Old Testament times as well as in the Common (New Testament) Era.

John will also guide 1stU-SBS's inquiry into the broader biblical history of sexuality, addressing the contentious issue of whether, or how, homosexuality was known or understood in the biblical world.

Once 1stU-SBS has explored the historical context of sexuality, we will tackle specific texts of The Bible typically read to concern homosexuality, discussing how their teachings intersect with today's LGBT civil rights movement.

Some questions 1stU-SBS will seek to answer:

1) What were the sexual ethics of ancient cultures and religions? How have less vs. more scholarly Bible translations affected Judaism's and Christianity's consideration of homosexuality?

Asherah Pole

Asherah, fertility goddess and (ex-)wife of Yahweh

2) How have biblical, religious and secular attitudes on sexuality, sexual ethics, and homosexuality changed (or not) since pre-biblical society?

3) How have past and modern Christians interpreted Bible passages dealing with homosexual behavior and their judgment of it?

     David & Jonathan

     Ruth & Naomi


4) How does our modern community express & respond to religious attitudes toward homosexuality and same-sex marriage?

Don't miss SBS's and First Universalist's third Joint Meetup topic on what is claimed as one of the last frontiers of human rights and religious progress: Homosexuality & The Bible! RSVP " YES " today!

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  • Nate R.

    Would have liked more time for open discussion/dialogue for the entire group.

    July 27, 2011

  • Frank B.

    We learned how the New Testament (Pauline) theological emphasis changed dramatically from the Old Testament emphasis on insular Israelites and on siring lineages, to newly emphasize an Isaiah/Diaspora/Persecution-driven acceptance of all individuals into a relationship with God -- regardless of their people, their parentage, their children, or their sexual organs or biological gender-preferences. Then we had a fascinating personal discussion of the changes we've seen in how we, our families and our local communities have changed in how we regard homosexuality as a biological and civil rights issue over the last several decades. Much thanks to our eloquent speaker-moderator, John Gustav-Wrathall; best wishes to you, your husband, child, and family! And stay in touch -- we might want to ask you back next year on a new topic! :)

    July 27, 2011

  • Frank B.

    Thanks to new SBS guests Patricia and Chad, and our regular SBS and 1stU attendees! Also, thanks for attending, Nate and Sarah, and farewell, as you head off in a few days to the East Coast! We'll miss you both; be sure to drop by if you're ever visiting family back in the Twin Cities!

    July 27, 2011

  • Frank B.

    We've got 7 SBSers RSVPing so far; c'mon folks, let's RSVP and make sure to not be outnumbered too much by our hosts! :D

    July 24, 2011

  • Frank B.

    Dowload the new PDF file handout (of all John's verses plus extras) online at the More > Files Menu bar option above!

    July 24, 2011

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