Bible scholar Dr. Ken Stone to speak on marriage equality

By Darrell Lance
The subject of Bible and homosexuality continues to be a concern for many in the LGBT community and their allies. Rochester will have the opportunity to hear an expert on this topic at the next event in the series “Christian Faith and LGBT Experience.”

“Does the Bible Shed Light on the ‘Gay Marriage’ Debates?” This is the topic to be addressed by Dr. Ken Stone, Dean and Professor of Bible, Culture, and Hermeneutics at Chicago Theological Seminary.

Dr. Stone, who is openly gay, focuses much of his research and writing on the relationship between biblical interpretation and matters of gender and sexuality. He is the author of Practicing Safer Texts: Food, Sex and Bible in Queer Perspective and editor of Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible. Chicago Theological Seminary is a seminary of the United Church of Christ whose national body is on record as endorsing the ordaining of openly LGBT people.

Dr. Stone will present his lecture and answer questions at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, at Lake Avenue Baptist Church, 72 Ambrose St. The church is located just off 145 Lake Avenue at the intersection of Lake, Ambrose St., and Jones Ave. For further information, go to and click on “Welcoming and Affirming,” or call the church office at 585-442-5486. Dr. Stone will also be preaching at the 10 a.m. service of worship at Lake Avenue. Both events are open to the public and free of charge

Another occasion in Dr. Stone’s visit will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday morning, March 30, at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman St., in Remington Lounge. This event is also free and open to the public. For more information call GP. Dickerson-Hanks, at the office of the Program on Women and Gender at the Divinity School, 585-340-9651.

The series in which Dr. Stone is appearing is a joint sponsorship of Lake Avenue Baptist Church, Downtown Presbyterian Church, Third Presbyterian Church, and the Program on the Study of Women and Gender in Church and Society at the Divinity School. Twice a year it brings outstanding LGBT speakers or straight allies in the Christian tradition to exemplify some aspect of what is known as “gay liberation theology.” The sponsoring churches are each members of their respective denominational organizations, which work for the inclusion of LGBT persons in the full life of the church

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