As we gather around questions concerning gender and sexuality and the church, we invite you to utilize this webpage for event reminders, resources, and opportunity to share thoughts and concerns.
First, please read, or re-read, this letter from the COS council to the congregation sent this January. This letter reminds us of the scope of our conversations, and that the “goal of these discussions is to wrestle together with these issues of sexuality and marriage so that we can grow in knowledge and understanding, humbly, respectfully, and above all, led by the Holy Spirit. Our goal is to stay mindful that in our relationships and sexuality, as in all areas of life, we are responding to the wonderful reality of our salvation, not trying to work our way to salvation through a single right doctrine or action. Our goal is not to announce or establish a policy on these matters at the level of our congregation, our
As we seek to learn together and love each other more, please join us for events:
Past Event: Sunday School GPS (God’s People Seeking) – February 24 at 9 am • Growing Good Fruit in the soil of Difference.
This is an event that grows largely out of a stated desire from our Crossing Over summary: ‘It is our hope and intent that the members of the congregation shall experience a rich fellowship with each other, bridging age, gender
Past Event: IGSS (Intergenerational Sunday School) – March 3 at 9 am • We’ll continue our discussions from the previous week on gender and sexuality. Children in grade six and younger should report to the youth room at 9 AM. Those in grade 7 and older can report to the café area, as usual. Part of our time will be spent listening to some of the discoveries that were made by our high school students at their winter retreat last weekend focused on gender, sexuality, and the church.
Sunday School – March 10, 17, and 24 at 9 am • Dr. Nick Wolterstorff will use the adult education time (GPS) over three weeks to talk about how he has come to hold his current convictions on same-sex marriage. Session One will include a story of Nick’s own movement from embracing the traditional rejection of same-sex marriage to his present affirmation of it. Session Two will look at the relevant biblical texts. Session Three will include a panel of those in the community so we can hear their stories in their own voice.
Check back here often as more events are added.
We also invite you to use the form below to share with the Gender Advisory Group any questions or concerns you have as we seek to engage our questions with a sincere and deep faith, in humility, ready learn from each other, our diverse stories, and our study of scripture.