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Registration Deadline: Monday, September 16, 2019
This seminar is sponsored by the Open and Affirming Committee (ONA) and the Board of Adult Education.
The intent of the Seminar is to show that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality as some churches continue to teach. In order to better understand certain scriptures, participants will look at the writings of ancient scrolls through the influences of ancient Middle Eastern traditions, Hebrew traditions, Greek and Roman traditions, and early Christian situations. Participants will also look at the difference between translating a word and interpreting it; the difference between historical-critical reading vs. literal reading; defining sexuality and spirituality; the danger of picking and choosing scripture passages, and the challenge to question scriptures. Scripture covered will be from Deuteronomy, Genesis, Judges, Leviticus, Romans, Matthew, 1st Corinthians, 1st Timothy and Romans.
Facilitator for the Seminar will be the Reverend Harry Stock. He completed five years of study in the West Virginia School of Religion (Order of Jerusalem), received a BA Degree from West Virginia University and received a Masters of Divinity Degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1981 and served in the Diocese of Washington, DC. He later transferred his credentials to the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches and was ordained in UFMCC in 1991. He served as Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Disciples in Washington, DC for fourteen years and served on the faculty of Samaritan Institute of Religious Studies for ten years where he taught “Homosexuality and the Bible” and “Introduction to Sexuality Studies.” He is the founder and president of Scrolls Revealed Ministries, LLC and he is currently serving as Parish Partner at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, and lives with his partner of 40 years in Waldorf, Maryland.
Fee: A tax-deductible registration of $20.00 made payable to United Church of Chapel Hill will include refreshments during registration, a binder with all working materials and lunch.