Sexuality and sin are a major concern for many LGBT people as they come out and accept themselves for who they are. The panel discussion ‘Theologically Incorrect: Finding Your Voice,” part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Month, intends to be a resource for all people who may be struggling or for those who want to learn more.
Panelist to be part of the discussion on religion and sexuality include Rabbi Brad Levenberg of Temple Sinai; Rev. Maressa Pendermon, Unity Fellowship Church; and Rev. Paul M. Turner, Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta.
“God has not been nor is now binary in anything,” says Turner. “Sexuality and its practice is fluid. Gender is not defined by what is simply called man or women, feminine or masculine.”
The role of the Christian faith in today’s world needs to be about bringing an openness to God’s creativity rather than “attempting to be God” and narrowly define people’s roles in that creative process, Turner says.
“The church ought to be doing everything in its power to allow its people to own their relationship with God and thus allow folks to seek their greatest growth in knowledge, faith and spirituality possible,” Turner says.
“Sexuality is God’s life-giving and life-fulfilling gift. We come from diverse religious communities to recognize sexuality as central to our humanity and as integral to our spirituality,” he adds. “We at GSCC are speaking out against the pain, brokenness, oppression and loss of meaning that many experience about their sexuality.”
Theologically Incorrect—Finding your Voice
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