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Talking About Sexuality : . How Your Congregation Can Have the Conversation while Building Comm unity. Lin Carter Minister of Education and Outreach FBC Raleigh. Assumptions:. Sexuality is part of God’s creation and therefore good The church is already talking about it informally

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talking about sexuality

Talking About Sexuality:

How Your Congregation Can Have the Conversation

while Building Community

Lin Carter

Minister of Education and Outreach

FBC Raleigh

assumptions
Assumptions:
  • Sexuality is part of God’s creation and therefore good
  • The church is already talking about it informally
  • Church members are going to disagree about it
  • Each church should tailor the conversation to its needs
  • Churches can discuss difficult topics without making decisions or causing harm
  • We don’t have all the answers
  • The church doesn’t have to take a public, monolithic stand
  • Homosexuality is the hottest of the hot topics but should be discussed in the larger context of sexuality
goals and cautions
Goals and Cautions:
  • We seek to educate and facilitate growth- not indoctrinate
  • We seek to hear- not to speak only
  • We seek to build community- not cause divisiveness
  • We seek to be compassionate- not condescending
  • We seek to grow and change ourselves- not just to change others’ minds
content
Content:
  • Dr. Chris Chapman, senior pastor, presented first
  • Videos of Dr. Coleman Fannin of Baylor University and Dr. Melissa Browning of Loyola University on Ancient and Contemporary Voices at the A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality and Covenant, 2012
  • Dr. Diane Lipsett of Salem College on Sexuality and the Church: From Scripture to Ethical Practice
  • Video of LeDaynePolaski of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America on How Congregations Might Lead the Way at A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality and Covenant, 2012
format part 1
Format part 1:
  • Based on A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality and Covenant, 2012
  • www.thefellowship.info/conference
  • Four consecutive Sunday evenings with dinner and childcare
  • Plenary sessions with presentation but no large group discussion
  • Small group discussion facilitated by trained facilitators
  • Groups were carefully assigned by the education minister
  • Groups size ranged from six to ten
  • We listened and discussed. No votes. No planning. No collective decisions.
  • Cost to attend covered dinner. Other costs covered by education budget.
format part 2
Format part 2:
  • Nightly schedule:
    • 4:45 Child care begins
    • 5:00-6:00 Plenary session with presenter in fellowship hall
    • 6:00-6:30 Dinner in fellowship hall
    • 6:40-7:30 Facilitated small group discussion in classrooms
    • The fourth night we shortened each element and ended with worship
results
Results:
  • Excitement over getting to know fellow church members better
  • Requests for similar events in the future
  • Emotional, personal sharing in small groups
  • Follow-up discussion with ministers
  • New learning about sexuality
  • Suspicion from both left and right
  • New perspective on the views of our church as a whole
  • Sense of accomplishment that difficult topics can be discussed in a civil, productive manner
  • Interest from around the country
  • This workshop