It's a kind of unusual way to spend Monday in Holy Week, but I'm honored to have been invited to be part of a panel this coming Monday night at Fuller Seminary. The program is being framed by the question: "What can Fuller Seminary do to prepare its students for ministry in congregations who are divided on the issue of homosexuality?" Yes, that would be an invitation from FULLER Seminary ... the same week that the Diocese of San Joaquin authorizes liturgies for the blessing of same-gender unions.
- Remember that the next time there's a "one step back" after "two steps forward" on the journey toward justice and you think we're never going to get there.
- Remember when you fear that the church will never live up to its promise of full and equal claim to the LGBT baptized.
- Remember when it seems that liberty and justice will never mean "all."
Fuller's Peace and Justice Advocates and Just Peacemaking Initiative Present:
DIVIDED BY HOMOSEXUALITY:
Pastoral Tools for Mediation and Dialogue
Monday April 18th 7pm in Travis Auditorium
The Reverend Canon Susan Russell
Senior Associate at All Saints Church in Pasadena Chair of the Program Group on LGBT Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Bishop Yvette Flunder
Senior Pastor, City of Refuge, United Church of Christ Residing Bishop, Refuge Ministries/Fellowship 2000
Rev. Dr. Ken Fong Senior Pastor,Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, Rosemead
Paul W. Clement, Ph.D.,
ABPP Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, South Pasadena
PhD Candidate in Christian Ethics, Fuller Seminary Former Fellow at St. John's the Divine