Is Christianity’s response to the LGBTQ+ community one where humans’ unrighteousness must be identified and opposed? Is Christianity’s response to the LGBTQ+ community similar to a Christ-like response to race, gender, or poverty differences? Is unity of fellowship with believers outside and inside the LGBTQ+ community possible when answers to those questions are different?

A Sixth-Annual Symposium in Kilgore will take up the topic “Christianity as it relates to the LGBTQ+ Community”, and everyone is welcome to attend the free event, Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Devall Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Kilgore College (1116 Broadway Boulevard, between Nolen and Elder Streets, in Kilgore, Texas).

Terry Booker – a former Kilgore College instructor, department chair, and instructional dean and a long-time Churches of Christ member, leader, and teacher – will give an opening presentation and then, after a short break with refreshments, three local pastors will respond briefly to his presentation, before the panelists field questions from the audience. Previous Symposia have had nearly 150 in attendance, and, no matter the number, they have featured lively and engaging discussion!

Booker has degrees from both Abilene Christian University and Texas A&M University and is a husband of 48 years, father of two, and grandfather of two. He has served as moderator of the Symposia series since it began in 2014 but this year volunteered to make the opening statement on the topic “Christianity as it relates to the LGBTQ+ Community”.

Kilgore pastors on the panel will include the Rev. Will Wilson of First Presbyterian Church and Dr. Glenn Young of First Baptist Church. This year’s event will be moderated by the Rev. Ben Bagley of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Several local congregations sponsor the event, covering costs not offset by offerings collected at the door.

This 2019 Symposium is the sixth in a series connected to the anniversary of the October 31, 1517, Reformation. The first was “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism” in 2014; the second was “At the Intersection of Church and State” in 2015; the third was “Religion and Politics in the 2016 Election” in 2016; the fourth was “The Reformation at 500 years” in 2017; and the fifth was “Why Church?” in 2018. The general purpose of the Symposia is to seek a deeper understanding of one another in our various church communities. Through the mutual sharing of knowledge and ideas, organizers believe that the Holy Spirit will draw people closer to that union that Christ desires for all (John 17:21-23).

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