Join us to hear Dr. David Gushee talk about his groundbreaking new book: Changing Our Mind: A Call from America’s Leading Evangelical Ethics Scholar for Full Acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church.
After years of research and reflection, Dr. Gushee makes a compelling case for full acceptance of LGBT people in Christian families, churches, and schools.
In Changing Our Mind, Dr. Gushee takes readers through his own long struggle over an issue that is causing great suffering among teenagers, alienating families, and tearing apart many of our nation’s churches.
As a Christian minister and ethicist Dr. Gushee has preached and written in support of traditional evangelical views on LGBT people and their relationships. This new book is a historic turning point in which Gushee describes his gradual change of mind and heart. He calls all Christians to respond to the tragedy, vulnerability and suffering of LGBT teens and others—by ending all contemptuous treatment, by being open to scholarship that challenges traditional readings of key biblical texts, and by loving our LGBT neighbors in accordance with the teachings of Jesus. He invites readers to stand with him in solidarity with a group that has been and continues to be among the most mistreated in the world, and especially—tragically—in the Church.
An ordained Baptist minister, Dr. David P. Gushee is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia, where he has served since 2007. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1987) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York (1993). He has taught for twenty years, and in those years written and edited twenty books in Christian ethics and public theology. He has lectured and written on every continent and is widely quoted in global media. From 2006 to 2009 he served as president of Evangelicals for Human Rights, an organization advocating for an end to torture by the United States in the “war on terror.”