On Thursday, November 9th, Skyline will be hosting a spirit-filled, round-table dinner and discussion centered around the book “Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-Vs.-Christians Debate” by Justin Lee. In the book, Justin Lee tells the fascinating story of growing up gay in the evangelical church. His book mixes theology, biblical exegesis, sociology, and LGBTQ+ studies with the story of his life and how he grew to affirm his sexual orientation while maintaining his relationship with God.
“As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed ‘God Boy’ by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events–his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the ‘ex-gay’ movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible–that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.”
Our discussion will take place from 5:30-7:30pm at Skyline and will be led by LGBTQ+ members of our congregation. We aim to create a space where open, honest, and thoughtful reflection can occur across differences.
We believe that the conversation about the intersection of LGBTQ+ identities and Christian faith is crucial, yet absent in many communities, and we’d like to create the space where this conversation can occur.
We’re encouraging participants to read the book before our event. It’s available for purchase in a variety of formats from Justin Lee’s website, but we’ll also have several copies available for purchase at our church ($10 – first come, first serve). If money is an obstacle, funds are available to cover the cost of the book. Please let us know in the comment section below if this assistance would be helpful for you.
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Questions, comments, concerns, and dietary restrictions can be directed to Brent O’Neill (email@example.com) or through the form below.