Last year, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA appointed a Special Committee to Study Issues of Civil Union and Christian Marriage. The committee was given two years to study how the theology and practice of marriage have developed in the Reformed tradition and the place of covenanted same-gender partnerships in the Christian community.
This adult education course tries to do something similar over an eight-week period for St. Andrew Presbyterian in Iowa City. Throughout this discussion, we hope to hear from class participants’ personal experiences and questions concerning sexuality and the Presbyterian faith.
For questions or comments, contact Jeff Charis-Carlson at
WEEK 1: JAN 24
What are the questions participants are coming to the class with?
Examining Biblical passages usually cited when discussing same-sex attraction and relationships
Watch and discuss first half of the documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So.”
WEEK 2: JAN 31
Discussion of how we — as individuals, as a congregation and as a denomination — should rank Experience, Scripture, Reason and Tradition when deciding questions about same-sex attraction and relationship
Watch the second half of the documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So.”
* Where does the burden of proof lie right now?
WEEK 3: FEB. 7
* Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, “To Ask A Better Question” (hard copy only)
* John Stendahl, “How Could This Be?” (hard copy only)
Listen to and discuss a lecture by Joe Nicolosi
* Where is the denominational discussion of this issue right now?
* Where is the congregational discussion of this issue right now?
* What is happening in other churches/denominations nationally/locally?
* How should the church respond to those who are openly gay or struggling with same-sex attraction?