Faithful and Inclusive: The Bible, Sexuality and The United Methodist Church

Led by Tricia Guerrero and hosted by the Open Space Young Adult Group – they welcome ALL AGES to join in this 5-session, online video-based study that explores how United Methodists can be completely faithful to the authority of Scripture and fully inclusive of LGBTQ people.

Offering a Wesleyan approach to the interpretation of scripture, it allows ample time for thoughtful small-group discussion. The seven biblical passages most commonly cited on this topic are studied from a comprehensive perspective of content, context, and culture.

Rob Fuquay is the author-presenter of the video study. He is the author of several published biblical studies and the pastor of St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, Indiana. The videos also feature twelve LGBTQ laypersons and parents of LGBTQ children who share their faith stories.

Faithful and Inclusive will create a safe space for small groups to listen and learn and to have a constructive, courageous conversation. You can attend one class or all – each is a stand-alone session.

Wednesdays, June 8, June 22, July 13, July 27, August 10, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., via Zoom

Supplies needed: Bible, pen and paper

Session Topics:

June 8 – Session 1 – Lead: Tricia & Adam
How United Methodists Interpret Scripture
Introduction to the study, ground rules for discussion, an overview of Biblical interpretation, the Wesleyan “quadrilateral,” the difference between “prescriptive” and “descriptive” scripture, and an explanation of “progressive revelation.”

June 22 – Session 2 – Lead: Tricia
Old Testament Scriptures
An examination of the Creation Story (Genesis), Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis), and the Holiness Code (Leviticus; consideration of the prevailing customs of the time and the ancient understanding of sexuality.

July 13 – Session 3 – Lead: Tricia
The Influence of Culture on How We Read the Bible
How to identify cultural influences on scriptural interpretation, weigh conflicting Bible passages, consider personal experience, and discern God’s guidance.

July 27 – Session 4 – Lead: Tricia
New Testament Scriptures
An examination of the Apostle Paul’s background and culture, a careful study of the three relevant passages: 1 Corinthians 6:9, Romans 1:18-32, and 1 Timothy 1:10.

August 10 – Session 5 – Lead: Tricia
The Jesus Ethic: What Did Christ Say?
Understanding the Bible through the lens of Jesus’ life and teachings, interpreting the meaning of sin and holiness through the Apostle Peter’s vision, and transformation at Joppa (Acts).