'Changing Our Mind': David Gushee and LGBT Acceptance - April 16
David Gushee, professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University, will speak about supporting Full LGBT Acceptance in church and society on campus at 4:15 p.m. and at Elon Community Church at 7 p.m.
Professor David Gushee will be speaking on April 16 about his journey as a Christian towards full LGBT acceptance. Gushee is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University.
Gushee will be presenting from his recent book, Changing Our Mind (2014), and sharing the theological, biblical, and ethical reflections that support his change of mind and heart on accepting LGBT persons.
In addition to Changing Our Mind, Gushee has published 17 books, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust (1994), Kingdom Ethics (2003), and The Future of Faith in American Politics (2008).
Gushee will speak on campus at 4:15 p.m. in Belk Pavilion 208, presenting Top 10 Reasons I Changed My Mind on Full LGBT Inclusion.
Following his presentation, there will be a brief response from Dr. Sarah Bloesch, adjunct assistant professor of religious studies at Elon University, with questions and discussions from the audience. Bloesch's research focuses on the intersections of Christianity and culture in the United States, exploring the interrelation between theology and theories of sexuality, race, and gender.
Later that night, at 7 p.m., Gushee will present at Elon Community Church, in the Family Life Center, on Changing Our Mind: My Journey as a Christian Ethicist toward Full LGBT Acceptance.
Both events are sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life; the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society; and PFLAG Alamance. They are free and open to the public. All are welcome.