Springfield, IL Regional Conference

Saturday, October 11, 2014Springfield 1st

First Presbyterian Church

321 South 7th Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701
217-528-4311

Marriage Matters:
Reconciliation and the Healing of the Church

 

Matthew Vines

 

 

Keynote Speaker Matthew Vines is the founder of the Reformation Project, which “exists to train Christians to support and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Through building a deep grassroots movement, we strive to create an environment in which Christian leaders will have the freedom to take the next steps toward affirming and including LGBT people in all aspects of church life.”  His book God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships is written from his perspective as an evangelical gay Presbyterian committed to theological orthodoxy, and is dedicated “to all those who have suffered in silence for so long.”

 

 

Layton Williams

Preacher Layton Williams is the Lilly Fellow and Pastoral Resident at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.  A graduate of the University of Georgia and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, she was recently approved for ordination by the Presbytery of Chicago, and will be ordained at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin on November 15.

Layton writes, “I have particular passions for theology, teaching, preaching, writing, storytelling, and justice work. I’m deeply invested in the question of how our worship and theology are intertwined with our call to justice and communityand where the church within the walls meets the church beyond the walls.”

Read her sermon on Matthew 22:1-14, “What Not to Wear: A Sermon on Marriage Equality and the Church.”

 

 

Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.               Registration, Coffee and Donuts

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.             Opening Plenary and Keynote Address with Q&A

10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.           Workshop 1

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.           Lunch and Networking

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.             Workshop 2

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               Closing Plenary and Worship

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.                Debriefing


Morning Workshops

Struggling with the Faith
Engage with a panel of LGBTQ Christians — including persons who have left the church and do not intend to return, who have left the church and found their way back, and who have stuck with the church throughout all of its changes.

“Make Peace Not War”
The culture wars are back.  As marriage equality spreads across the nation and elections loom on the horizon, familiar battle lines are being drawn.  Right vs. left.  Red vs. blue.  Conservatives vs. progressives.  But can the church withstand another prolonged battle?  What about collateral damage?  Jesus calls on his followers to be peacemakers rather than warmongers.  Led by Tim Haworth and Brian Ellison, we will discuss ways we can promote peace and understanding and not war.

Covenant Network History and Polity – offered during both workshop sessions
Tricia Dykers Koenig will lead a conversation about the history of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and the polity of the PC(USA).  A discussion about where we have been, where we are now, and what we hope the future holds will be included, as well as time to discuss organizing for Amendment 14-F.

Afternoon Workshops

Clergy Panel Discussion
This panel will be composed of PC(USA) clergy members and include discussion around how they are handling the recent changes to polity regarding marriage.

Talk with Matthew Vines
Join Matthew to further discuss his keynote, his book God and the Gay Christian, and the organization he founded, The Reformation Project.

Covenant Network History and Polity – offered during both workshop sessions
Tricia Dykers Koenig will lead a conversation about the history of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and the polity of the PC(USA).  A discussion about where we have been, where we are now, and what we hope the future holds will be included, as well as time to discuss organizing for Amendment 14-F.

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