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What You May Not Know about the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
After decades of debate, is there anything more to say about polarized views on same-sex relationships? In this presentation, biblical scholar, author and spiritual care provider Karen Keen, provides a closer look at traditionalist biblical interpretations and why many conservatives are not persuaded by progressive arguments. Too often both sides caricature and talk past each other. But crucial support and inclusion of LGBTQ people depends on willingness to understand an opponent's viewpoint to navigate a way forward. This discussion will be particularly helpful to those who may be perplexed by traditionalist opposition to same-sex relationships and want to respond in meaningful ways that make a difference.

Jun 16, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Karen R. Keen
Biblical Scholar, Author and Spiritual Care Provider @The Redwood Center for Spiritual Care and Education
Karen R. Keen is a biblical scholar, author, and spiritual care provider. She has taught biblical and theological studies in both academic and church settings. One of her primary research interests is Scripture and ethics, including how we interpret the Bible for sexual ethics today. She is the author of Scripture, Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships and has a forthcoming book on the origins and interpretation of the Bible (both with Eerdmans). Also a spiritual director trained in the Ignatian tradition, Keen seeks to integrate the heart and intellect through her classes and groups at The Redwood Center for Spiritual Care and Education (redwoodspiritualcare.com). Keen earned her M.S. in education (counseling) from Western Oregon University, M.A. in exegetical theology from Western Seminary, and Th.M. in biblical studies from Duke Divinity School. She dropped out of her PhD program well into the dissertation stage to pursue ministry, with no regrets.