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“Coming Out as a Sacrament” with Chris Glaser5:00pm - 7:00pmWingate Room 302
Gay Christian author and activist Chris Glaser persuasively argues that coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender has biblical precedence and sacramental dimensions. In an engaging and readable book, Coming Out as a Sacrament, Glaser applies cultural anthropologist Rene Girard’s critique of the scapegoat mechanism to the treatment of LGBT people in church and culture. Coming out is understood as an act of vulnerability, much like the sacrificial offerings of times past, that were believed to invoke God’s presence and effect atonement, or reconciliation. The Bible may be viewed as God’s own “coming out” story! Thus the sacred nature of coming out is to be celebrated.
Join the School of Divinity and student organization sponsor Kaleidoscope for this important conversation and dialogue. Light dinner provided. Registration required.
Chris Glaser will also be speaking at the “Coming Out of the Wilderness” conference being held at Green Street United Methodist Church (Winston-Salem) on October 18th and 19th. >> More information and registration information here.
- Lisa Page