Note From Dr. Marshall– Apologetics Update– October 7

September 24, 2010

I want to invite the Brite Community to two events on Thursday, October 7. A group of scholars and practitioners – all of whom work on issues related to church and ministry, gender identity, sexual orientation, and queer theory – will have dinner on Thursday, October 7 in Weatherly Hall from 5:30-6:45. Brite students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us and meet our guests. Second, a public forum will be held in Carr Chapel at 7:00 on Thursday evening. The event is free and open to the public, so invite your friends!

This is part of a larger event called Beyond Apologetics: Sexual Identity, Pastoral Theology, and Pastoral Practices that Brite will host on October 6-8. Through a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Brite Divinity School and Phillips Theological Seminary are leading scholarly and practical work in generating new conversations for churches and communities who are invested in ministry and advocacy for transgender, bisexual, lesbian, and gay persons. The grant brings together 13 North American scholars and pastors for conversation and dialogue. Six of these scholars and pastors will present a public forum on Thursday evening, October 7 in Robert Carr Chapel at 7:00. 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. Joretta L. Marshall, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Brite will host a presentation that will 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; and Stephen V. Sprinkle, Brite Divinity School. Others who will be present include:  John Blevins, Emory University; Malcolm Himschoot, United Church of Christ Minister; 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.

Feel free to stop by and pick some posters and bulletins up if you would like them. Or, if you would like to help in any way, contact Cody Sanders (Brite Doctoral Student;

We encourage you to forward this e-mail to others who may be interested and to place information about it in your congregations and communities. Online information can be found at or on Facebook under Beyond Apologetics.

For more information please see the original post and poster
Blessings to each during these weeks leading up to fall break,

Joretta Marshall
Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling
Brite Divinity School

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