Beyond Apologetics Symposium set for October 7

Posted September 8, 2010 by Yuki Schwartz
Categories: Announcements

Six nationally known scholars and pastors will propose new ways of thinking about ministry with transgendered, bisexual, lesbian and gay people during a public symposium at 7:00 pm Thursday, October 7, at the Robert Carr Chapel on the campus of Texas Christian University 2855 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76109.

Speakers will present summaries of their scholarly work and describe its importance to BLTG people, congregations, and the broader community. Topics include the pastoral approaches to discerning sexual orientation, marriage in the context of lesbian life, intimate partner violence, congregational movements beyond “open and affirming” stances, and LGBT hate crime murder.

There will be time for questions and discussion. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The event is part of a larger project titled Beyond Apologetics: Sexual Identity, Pastoral Theology, and Pastoral Practices, which brings together 13 North American scholars and pastors to begin creating a new generation of thought and practice for ministry with GLBT people.

“We are creating conversations among scholars, ministry professionals, and broader communities who share concerns about the health and well-being of LGBT people,” said Duane Bidwell, a faculty member at Claremont School of Theology, who co-directs the project with Joretta Marshall of Brite Divinity School.

“Congregations can access a lot of resources that offer an ‘apologetics of inclusion’ for involving GLBT persons in the life of the church without condemning them,” he said.

“We want to move beyond arguments for inclusion to arguments for engagement. Pastors and others need theological stances and practices that take the experiences of GLBT persons seriously, so that those experiences shape the life of congregations and denominations.

“Our primary goal is to help spiritual caregivers and others engage in meaningful, informed, and proactive ministry with GLBT people.”

To that end, the project will contribute to pro-active pastoral care texts and models of education for seminaries, local congregations and pastoral care specialists, including mental-health professionals who integrate spirituality into their work.

The project is collaboration between two Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) seminaries—Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa and Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth. Financial support is provided by the Carpenter Foundation.

Bidwell said “Beyond Apologetics” will create practical theologies that acknowledge and integrate GLBT experiences, theologies and theories. The spiritual and theological practices and understandings that will be generated—focused on gender, identity, sexuality, and community action—have the potential to benefit people of all sexual orientations, he said.

Numerous local, state and regional LGBT organizations and faith communities have become local partners of the project, lending their names in support of its purpose.

Scholars and pastors presenting their preliminary work on Oct. 7 include:

  • Duane R. Bidwell, Claremont School of Theology
  • Kathleen Greider, Claremont School of Theology
  • Benjamin Reynolds, Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Jeanne Hoeft, Saint Paul School of Theology
  • David Mellott, Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • Stephen V. Sprinkle, Brite Divinity School

Other participants in the “Beyond Apologetics” project include:

  • John Blevins, Emory University
  • Malcolm Himschoot, United Church of Christ Minister
  • Joretta Marshall, Brite Divinity School
  • Darnell Moore, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Jason Hays, Brite Divinity School
  • Cody J. Sanders, Brite Divinity School
  • Leanne Tigert, Andover Newton Theological School

For more information, e-mail j.marshall@tcu.edu or cody.j.sanders@tcu.edu. You can learn more at http://www.beyondapologetics.wordpress.com, or on Facebook under Beyond Apologetics.

What: Beyond Apologetics Project
When: Public Symposium, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
For more information: Contact Joretta L. Marshall, 817.257.7209

Beyond Apologetics Public Forum Set for Feb. 25

Posted February 15, 2010 by Yuki Schwartz
Categories: Uncategorized

Six nationally known scholars and pastors will propose new ways of thinking about ministry with transgendered, bisexual, lesbian and gay people during a public symposium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Tabbernee Conference Center of Phillips Theological Seminary, 901 N. Mingo Road in Tulsa.

Speakers will present summaries of their scholarly work and describe its importance to BLTG people, congregations, and the broader community. Topics include the dynamics of the “closet” in church settings, internalized homophobia and sexual shame, transgender experience as a resource for pastoral care, bisexual embodiment, and contextual care with GLBT-identified people.

There will be time for questions and discussion. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The event is part of a larger project titled Beyond Apologetics: Sexual Identity, Pastoral Theology, and Pastoral Practices, which brings together 12 North American scholars and pastors to begin creating a new generation of thought and practice for ministry with GLBT people.

“We are creating conversations among scholars, ministry professionals, and broader communities who share concerns about the health and well-being of LGBT people,” said Duane Bidwell, a former member of the Phillips faculty and currently on faculty at the Claremont School of Theology in California, who co-directs the project with Joretta Marshall of Brite Divinity School.

“Congregations can access a lot of resources that offer an ‘apologetics of inclusion’ for involving GLBT persons in the life of the church without condemning them,” he said.

“We want to move beyond arguments for inclusion to arguments for engagement. Pastors and others need theological stances and practices that take the experiences of GLBT persons seriously, so that those experiences shape the life of congregations and denominations.

“Our primary goal is to help spiritual caregivers and others engage in meaningful, informed, and proactive ministry with GLBT people.”

To that end, the project will contribute to pro-active pastoral care texts and models of education for seminaries, local congregations and pastoral care specialists, including mental-health professionals who integrate spirituality into their work.

The project was initiated by researchers at two Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) seminaries—Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK and Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX. Financial support is provided by the Carpenter Foundation.

Bidwell said “Beyond Apologetics” will create practical theologies that acknowledge and integrate GLBT experiences, theologies and theories. The spiritual and theological practices and understandings that will be generated—focused on gender, identity, sexuality, and community action—have the potential to benefit people of all sexual orientations, he said.

More than twenty local, state and regional LGBT organizations and faith communities have become local partners of the project, lending their names in support of its purpose.

Scholars and pastors presenting their preliminary work on Feb. 25 include:

• John Blevins, Emory University
• Malcolm Himschoot, United Church of Christ Minister
• Joretta Marshall, Brite Divinity School
• Darnell Moore, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
• Jason Hays, Brite Divinity School
• Leanne Tigert, Andover Newton Theological School

Other participants in the “Beyond Apologetics” project include:

Duane Bidwell, Claremont School of Theology
Kathleen Greider, Claremont School of Theology
Jeanne Hoeft, Saint Paul School of Theology
David Mellott, Lancaster Theological Seminary
Benjamin Reynolds, Chicago Theological Seminary
Steve Sprinkle, Brite Divinity School

For more information, e-mail beyond.apologetics@ptstulsa.edu. You can learn more at http://www.beyondapologetics.wordpress.com, or on Facebook under Beyond Apologetics.

Announcing: Beyond Apologetics Symposium

Posted December 12, 2009 by Yuki Schwartz
Categories: Announcements

What resources are available on pastoral theology, care and counseling for transgendered, bisexual, lesbian and gay individuals, their families and their communities? Currently, literature of pastoral theology, care, and counseling offers adequate resources for scholars and practitioners to respond to questions about the nature of biblical texts related to LGBT persons. There is also some good basic material about pastoral care with this population.

But that’s not enough. What’s needed now are pastoral practices that go beyond the normal “apologetics” for pastoral care within the LGBT community that debate the appropriateness of LGBT being or identity. What’s needed is for the next generation of thought to develop more integrative and pro-active theological stances and practices within the field of pastoral theology, care, and counseling.

Beyond Apologetics: Sexual Identity, Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Practice, seeks to bridge the gap between pastoral theology, care and counseling, and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered theology and theory, and provide a richer understanding of how this theory and theology might advance practices of care. This collaborative symposium brings together Phillips Theological Seminary and Brite Divinity School, along with LGBT organizations and faith communities, to begin the work of initiating conversations and public dialogue between scholars and practitioners of pastoral theology, care and counseling, as well as those looking to move beyond the usual “apologetics” for pastoral practices. It also seeks to begin constructing pro-active pastoral care texts and models of education for seminaries, local congregations and pastoral care specialists.

  • What: Beyond Apologetics: Sexual Identity, Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Practices
  • When: 7 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010
  • Where: Tabbernee Conference Center, Phillips Theological Seminary, 901 N. Mingo Road, Tulsa.

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