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[Virtual Meeting] God & Gays Workshop

[Virtual Meeting] God & Gays Workshop

Every Saturday, from 05/02/2020 to 05/30/2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Coordinator: Jay Drummond

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Understanding Biblical Interpretation

How can two people read the same thing yet come away with vastly different understandings of what you both read? And what happens when this disconnect occurs over something so important as how we build our lives based on faith? How do we know what is the "right way", and how can we move forward with the confidence that we are living authentically in our faith?

Unfortunately, many of us have experiences with "clobber passages", quoted snippets from the Bible that are often wielded like God’s stamp of judgment and disapproval. But what if I were to tell you that the jury is still out, and has been for as long as humans have been reading the Bible? What if there always have been multiple sides to the story, but key witnesses have been silenced along the way?

It’s time we addressed these arguments head-on, but in order to respond appropriately, we first need to understand what is being argued. This introductory series is meant to equip us with the understanding the logic of how the "other side" reached their conclusion: 

  • May 2, 2020: Who hurt you? The importance of addressing theological harm 
  • May 9, 2020: The history of an idea, or where did the "clobber passage" interpretation come from? 
  • May 16, 2020: Breaking down the "clobber passage" argument
  • May 23, 2020: Queer alternatives and affirming valid interpretations
  • May 30, 2020: Forming a faithful response   

These meetings are held via Zoom with several ways to join: