Till Death Do Us Part: Reimagining Christian Friendship (Pastor’s Luncheon)
September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
The Center for Christian Faith & Culture looks very forward to welcoming Dr. Wesley Hill to Malone on Thursday, September 21st, 2017. Dr. Hill’s is one of the most prominent theological voices currently engaged in conversations centered on Christian faith and human sexuality. A graduate of Wheaton College and the University of Durham, Dr. Hill was recently named one of Christianity Today’s “Top 33 Under 33.” Christianity Today has this to say:
On the website Spiritual Friendship, Hill and fellow writers articulate a “traditionally Christian sexual ethic,” but shift their approach to the positive, avoiding contentious political debates or suggestions of reparative therapy.
“I see a renewed awareness of the fact that you can’t build a sense of calling around saying ‘no’ to certain sinful forms of sexual behavior. You have to embrace a positive ‘yes,'” said Hill, who traced his coming-out story and decision to live chastely in his 2010 book, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan). “You have to learn to think about your sexuality in terms of stewardship and vocation, not just sacrifice and renunciation.”
Dr. Hill will speak at a Pastor’s Luncheon at noon and spend some time in the afternoon having informal conversation with students and faculty. The public presentation following lunch can be described as follows:
“In many Christian discussions of friendship, writers have taken great care to distinguish friendship from marriage and romantic love, stressing that friendship is about freely chosen affection that doesn’t depend on promises or vows. And yet, in some Christian writings friendship is as much about stability and permanence as marriage. In this session Wesley Hill will discuss this ‘minority report’ and its promise for today’s churches.”
Wesley Hill (PhD, Durham University, UK) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, 2010), Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (Eerdmans, 2015), and Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015). He co-founded the website SpiritualFriendship.org, and he writes regularly for Books & Culture, Christianity Today, and First Things.