Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality
Gather together with other gender and sexual minorities and those who love them and experience a new kind of gospel community.
Listen to, learn from, and participate in conversations with speakers who bring a nuanced perspective to the table of discussion.
Benefit from curated presentations on a wide variety of topics related to LGBT experience and the historic, Christian sexual ethic.
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How can we fight back against the temptation towards despair of being a sexual minority committed to historic Christian teachings on sex? How might we engage our longings as we await our King's return? Join me as we consider what it may look like to abound in hope, together.
How can we live in harmony with the historic Christian sexual ethic while also radically embracing the LGBT+ community? The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) denomination is seeking to live into this reality with gracious conviction and courageous love. In her role as Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the ECC, Michelle is leading the development of “Embrace.” Embrace is a suite of discipleship resources on human sexuality that her team will curate and create in phases for the entire denomination of 850+ diverse local churches across North America. Come for a conversation on what they have learned so far, with added thoughts on the unique intersections of sexuality and ethnic diversity.
What is the experience of ethnic minorities in the LGBT+ community? What are some of the unique points of struggle for LGBT+ ethnic minorities who also adhere to historic, Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality? And how can our cultural backgrounds also be a source of empowerment? Come and hear the stories of representatives from different ethnic groups, and be encouraged in an increasingly diversified conversation!
For the sexual minority seeking to submit his or her life fully to Christ and to the historic Christian sexual ethic, queer culture presents a bit of a dilemma; rather than combing through and analyzing to find which parts are to be rejected, to be redeemed, or to be received with joy (Acts 17:16-34), Christians have often discarded the virtues of queer culture along with the vices, which leaves culturally connected Christian sexual minorities torn between two cultures, two histories, and two communities. So questions that have until now been largely unanswered remain: what does queer culture (and specifically, queer literature and theory) have to offer us who follow Christ? What queer treasure, honor, and glory will be brought into the New Jerusalem at the end of time (Revelation 21:24-26)?
Being better missionaries to LGBT+ people requires understanding of history, culture (what's it like to grow up LGBT+), and language. Posture Shift creator Bill Henson demonstrates how a missiological approach clears blind spots, fuels gospel passion, and generates creative ministry—all while preserving a historic, biblical ethic of marriage and sexuality.
What we run to is not as important as the reason we run. The reason we run is because we are trying to satisfy Core Needs. How can you care for the Core Needs of your heart? Core Needs were placed in us by God, and can only be met by God. People (the Church) support that God-need-meeting process, and show us glimmers of Himself. Join Laurie Krieg, speaker, writer, and executive director of Hole in My Heart Ministries, as she opens up her heart while seeking to care for the needs in yours.
What are the components of a church culture that make it a place of safety for sexual minorities to encounter the love of Jesus and to grow and mature into Christian leaders? What does it look like when it's right? And for those in ministry leadership, what can they be doing to help foster and shape that culture within their church or ministry? What pastoral situations should church leaders plan for along the way? Join us as we discuss these vital questions for modern church ministry.
Christian parents of children who identify as LGBT often have a difficult time navigating their grief and feelings while maintaining a relationship with their children, continuing to love them well—with both grace and truth. These parents often struggle to find grace-based support that's rooted in the traditional biblical sexual ethic. Jim and Laura have been walking this road for more than a decade with a group of parents and family members in St. Louis. Join them for an honest discussion of the particular challenges and fears--and unexpected joys--that come along this journey.
There is a lot of discussion in the Church today about ministry *to* sexual minorities, but what does truly helpful pastoral care look like? At which points does such ministry often go off the rails? What role is there for the unique experiences and gifts that sexual minorities bring to the table? Join Stephen, Christina, and David--who all serve with FirstLight's local Sexual Minority Fellowship--as we discuss ministry models that provide compassionate, biblically-based care to sexual minorities while also equipping and empowering sexual minorities for their own ministries and callings in the Church and world.
What does it mean to be a straight ally for gender and sexual minorities? Join speaker, author, and New Testament scholar Preston Sprinkle as he shares about his journey of learning from LGBT people and the way they experience the world around them. Topics covered will include learning how to own the weight of the straight white evangelical tradition and its sins against gender and sexual minorities, how to show genuine compassion to LGBT people, and how to advocate for them so that they are empowered to thrive in their local faith communities.
Are you interested in learning about how racial minorities who are also sexual minorities often experience even greater misunderstanding in culture at large, and even in the Church? In this worshop we will examine how the adverse experiences of black and brown youth affect them disproportionately, particularly when they occur alongside the emergence of a nonstraight orientation. This generationally traumatic experience of racism functions as a "preconditioning" of sorts for the way they interpret their experience of their orientation. Topics that will be discussed include economic insecurity, violence and harassment, HIV and health inequality, religious intolerance, and criminal justice of racial minorities who are also sexual minorities. The workshop will conclude with how Christians who adhere to historic, Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality can respond, particularly in terms of cultivating gospel-centered communities that love even the least of these with the self-sacrifical love of Jesus.
The experience of non-straight individuals who are in opposite-sex marriages is in many ways the story of a minority within a minority. Because of this, the unique features of these relationships can often be confusing and difficult to understand, even for mixed-orientation couples themselves. In this panel discussion you will meet several nonstraight people who are in mixed-orientation marriages, and learn as they explore the sensitive issues they sometimes encounter in their spiritual and relational journey. Questions such as the following will be addressed: Is it possible for a non-straight person to fall in love with someone of the opposite sex? What is the difference between sexuality and sexual orientation? How do you rebuild a marriage after a betrayal of trust? How can non-straight people who pursued heterosexual marriage in the hopes that it would "cure" them continue to walk in faithfulness in their marriages?
Leviticus is well-known for its prohibitions against homosexual sex (Lev 18:22; 20:13). But there are legitimate questions about why these prohibitions should apply and why others in Leviticus do not. In this session, we will look at some of the most common reasons it is argued the prohibitions of Lev 18:22 and 20:13 no longer apply before turning to consider why they do still apply. Throughout the session, we will also consider why Leviticus itself can legitimately be viewed as part of God’s good news for his people today.
When navigating relationships, we often hear talk about setting and keeping boundaries or avoiding violating boundaries but what even is a boundary? Why should we set boundaries in our relationships and how do we set and keep boundaries when the emotional stakes feel so high? For sexual minorities, this can be an even more daunting task with few resources that address the complexities of unrequited love, homophobia, and minority stress. In this workshop, we'll talk about healthy dynamics in interpersonal relationships, what codependency really looks like, and how to articulate and set boundaries so that we can flourish by loving those in our lives well.
God created us to live lives of passion, purpose, and delight--but shame, fear and loneliness too often rob us of these experiences. These two workshops—one for men, another for women—will discuss the unique causes and consequences of shame, fear and loneliness for sexual minority believers, while exploring ways to combat these experiences and live whole-heartedly as God intended.
How do you live with heartbreak when you were never supposed to fall in love? What happens when you fall in love with a friend and you don’t want to ruin a friendship? How do you find the goodness in loving someone even if those feelings are, at some point, also romantic? Questions like these will be discussed, personal stories shared, and hopefully lessons learned from my experiences and mistakes!
Experiencing shame surrounding your sexuality isn’t a ‘maybe’, it’s a given. So how do we wrestle well with being ‘out’ in our faith communities even when we experience shame messages, misunderstanding, and loneliness? Ty will give real life examples from his journey and those he has counseled as to what it looks like own your sexuality (even the messy parts) and show up in relationships w/ God & others - being known, experiencing intimacy, and walking free as a son or daughter of God.
This participatory workshop will be a time for celibate LGBTQIA/SSA women to share our stories, challenges, blessings, questions, pet peeves, life hacks and pro tips. We will look at the contexts of our families, churches, and other communities, and work together to discover and build models of celibacy in which women can thrive.
God created all of us for family, yet many on the margins struggle to find that community in their church. When Christians who experience same-sex attraction—both those stewarding celibacy and those stewarding a mixed-orientation marriage—struggle with loneliness and related temptations, churches often respond with, "You just need to bear your crosses more faithfully!" What if instead, our churches accepted the responsibility of being family for all people, gay and straight, stewarding celibacy or marriage, so that we can meet our intimacy needs in healthy ways? What if we did what it took to become places where LGBT+ people could truly thrive in the vocations offered by an orthodox Christian sexual ethic? In this workshop we will explore a vision for family in the Body of Christ and practical steps leaders in our churches—gay and straight—can take to help our churches become places of life-giving community.
The LGBTQ culture at large tends to stress the personal nature of coming out: it’s up to you to determine how and when and whether you come out. The queer Christian, however, can derive some of the contours of her or his coming out from Scripture and tradition. The particular manner of one’s coming out should be determined according to practical wisdom and oriented toward preservation and reconciliation of Christian fellowship, insofar as that is possible. Further, there is a presumption in favor of coming out for the Christian, in light of the possibilities for suffering on behalf of the other that being out in a Christian context provides. The prospect of coming out can be particularly difficult for the Side-B Christian, but the sufferings of visibility offer redemptive possibilities that the closet cannot offer.
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How can gay, lesbian, and bisexual Christians love and experience love if God created human beings male and female, and His plan for sexual intimacy is only properly fulfilled in the union of husband and wife in marriage? This conference will provide a theological foundation to answer this question by fleshing out what the Bible and Christian tradition have to say about:
To be created in the image of God is to be created for love—both to love God and to love others. Even in the Garden of Eden, when Adam enjoyed perfect communion with His Creator, God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone.” This shows that human loves—between parents and children, husbands and wives, and friends—are an integral part of God’s plan for us. In our fallen world, however, all of these loves are liable to corruption by sin, and our desires for these loves are twisted in various ways.
In Washed and Waiting (2010), Wesley Hill explored the tension in his own life between being washed, sanctified, and justified (1 Corinthians 6:11) while still waiting for the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23-25): of living with the reality of ongoing homosexual desires while holding to a traditional Christian sexual ethic.
Two years later, he and Ron Belgau created the Spiritual Friendship blog with two primary goals: a recovery of what the Christian tradition has to say about friendship, and to aid in the pastoral response to lesbian, gay, and bisexual Christians. In the years that followed, Spiritual Friendship gained a lot of attention: Ron was invited to speak at the 2015 World Meeting of Families during Pope Francis’s visit to the Philadelphia, and Wesley published Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian. Both have been invited to speak throughout the United States and internationally. Other Spiritual Friendship contributors also published books or wrote for a range of Evangelical and Catholic publications.
In our fallen state, our desires do not accurately point us to what is good and will bring true happiness. Even so, neither are our desires fully corrupted. We remain drawn to the good, though particular desires can lead us astray; there are glimpses of true love even in the midst of corruption. Thus sanctification is, in part, an education of desire. And virtue—which Augustine called the “art of living”—helps us to strengthen our good desires, while turning away from temptation. So that, as the Holy Spirit works to renew our hearts, our desires are gradually reshaped as we follow the paths of love—of friends, family, and Christian community—that we were created for.
All conference attendees must RSVP in order to attend the preconference.
Revoice would like to provide denominations or other groups attending Revoice together with the opportunity to gather together for group fellowship during dinner on Friday evening. To indicate interest in hosting a dinner for a specific group, please direct your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The historic Memorial Presbyterian Church is located
minutes away from the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum,
Forest Park, and the famous Delmar Loop district.
201 S Skinker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
7 miles west of Downtown
Each of these local hotels is within two miles from Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Registration will open on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 12 PM noon (EST).
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In our current cultural moment, a local church that is more hospitable to and inclusive of people who experience same-sex attraction must be carefully considered. Specifically, we must consider what it means to value both truth and grace, both law and love, both conviction and compassion, both ethics and inclusion, if our churches are going to be the kind of churches that love as Jesus does. To get there, we must start by carefully listening to and learning from those who (a) hold firmly to historic, biblical views of human sexuality, and (b) have first-hand understanding of what it means to be both a Christian and someone who experiences same-sex attraction. The Revoice Conference, and the many trustworthy voices associated with it—many of whom are personal friends of mine—is a terrific place to begin this important journey.
Now more than ever, the church must love and support our Christian brothers and sisters who are same-sex-attracted, yet desire to lead biblically-faithful lives, whether in singleness or marriage. I'm encouraged that Revoice is here to meet this great need in the church.
Karen Swallow Prior
Revoice is one of the most significant movements in the conversation about faith, sexuality, and gender. It’s filling a massive void in the church, as we continue to wrestle with what it means to walk faithfully with Jesus in and through our sexuality. I can’t more highly recommend that churches, parents, and Christians all around spread the word about this ministry. It’s an absolute gift to the church.