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The LGBTQ Community: Legal, Moral & Missional Challenges
Wednesday, December 06, 2017, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Category: Focus Webinars

The LGBTQ Community: Legal, Moral & Missional Challenges

Over the past twelve years, several important Supreme Court cases have expanded civil rights for the LGBTQ community. These rights sometimes intersect with religious rights as many religious communities hold beliefs and mores about marriage and human sexuality that understand marriage as only between one man and one woman. How these rights will ultimately be balanced is currently unknown. Cases are working their way through the courts right now that will answer these questions. Legislation at the state and federal level is also regularly introduced that could change the balance. This new legal landscape, and the uncertainty that remains, is creating a number of legal questions for our institutions.  Many are asking, “What are the legal challenges and how should we respond?”

This webinar will discuss recent legal challenges to the religious rights of institutions through state and federal legislation as well as the courts and administrative decisions. In addition, it will discuss future legislative options that could help preserve religious freedom protections. As well, it will discuss any current court cases that are relevant to this topic.

But, there is more we must consider.  Gay students are members of our school and church communities, whether we recognize it or not.  How do we minister to them? How do we care for them?  Many of our young adults see the church’s beliefs and practices as unfair to people they consider to be a persecuted minority.  Polling shows that Millennials are more accepting of same-sex marriage than their parent’s generation. Yet, most Christian colleges hold to orthodox Christian teachings.

In this environment, we have a duty to teach a Christian worldview pertaining to homosexuality, marriage, and related issues. How do Christian colleges straddle this line between teaching orthodox Christian beliefs about marriage while seeking to care for their LGBTQ students as God would have us do? How do we seek to hold to our institutional beliefs while still allowing academic freedom for faculty and students? These lines are difficult to straddle but are crucial to explore as your institution seeks to form vibrant, loving, transparent, and honest communities. 

Learning Objectives - Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe a proper legal understanding of religious rights and LGBTQ rights that are currently being discussed and debated;
  • Interpret how current legal cases and legislative proposals could impact your institution;
  • Formulate a plan for how your school should respond to students who publicly announce they are gay (and to same-sex-attracted students who hide in a cocoon of shame and pain);
  • Guide your faculty how to teach a Christian worldview on LGBTQ issues to young adults.

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CPE Credits:

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  • Delivery Method: Group-Internet-Based
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Program Level: Basic
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • CPE Credits: 1.5
  • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge - Technical
  • Complaint Resolution Policy


  • Free - ABACC & NACCAP Members Only
  • $15.00 CPE Processing Fee
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