From October 15-17 I attended the Marriage, Homosexuality, and the Church Conference at Andrews University. It was a multidisciplinary conference, bringing together presenters from the fields of (1) religious liberty and public policy, (2) biblical theology and Christian ethics, and (3) psychology and spiritual care. The conference was a professional, not a scholarly conference, focusing on how to move forward based on common belief. Therefore, no formal respondents challenged the presenters' fundamental principles because the organizers only invited speakers who shared "a biblically-faithful view on homosexual practice, as measured by a consensus within the Christian church for the last two millennia, as well as the virtually unanimous view of the worldwide Adventist Church."
During the conference I posted precis of the presentations:
Day 1 - Address: Causes of homosexuality and possibility of change - Testimony: Ex-gay, Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Ron Woolsey
Day 2, Panel 1 - Should the church involve itself in the political debate over homosexual marriage?
Day 2, Panel 2 - What position should Seventh-day Adventists take in the debate over homosexual marriage?
Day 2, Breakout Session - "Effective Counseling and Ministry Practices"
Day 2, Main Address - "Distinction Between Same-Sex Attraction, a Homosexual Orientation, and a Gay Identity." [I believe this presentation will be remembered as the ideological core of the conference.]
Day 2, Interview - Wayne Blakely, recently re-baptized after 37 years in the gay community.
Day 2, Panel 3 - "Counseling/Pastoral Issues"
Day 2, Vespers - Biblical rationale for the traditional Christian view of homosexual activity
Day 3, Interview - Inge Anderson, facilitator of the GLADventist website and online ministry
Day 3, Panel 1 - "Biblical and Theological Perspectives"
Day 3, Sermon - "Sex in the Temple: What's So Gay about That?"
Day 3, Main Presentation - "Homosexuality and the Bible: What Is at Stake in the Current Debate"
Day 3, Panel 2 - "Where Do We Go From Here?"
Other apokalupto conference posts:
Top Five: Things I Learned At The Homosexuality Conference
Interview: Nicholas Miller - Regarding weaknesses of the conference
Reflections On The Homosexuality Conference
Other conference coverage:
Spectrum Blog: Andrews Vs. Homosexuality - Part One, Andrews Vs. Homosexuality - Part Two, "Hate Homosexuality, Love the Homosexual" - Critique of Andrews Homosexuality Conference, Sabbath Sermon: Dwight Nelson on Homosexuality, A Letter to Dwight Nelson
Dr. Mark Yarhouse, a conference presenter, posted a report from the conference here.
Dave Larson reviewed Mark Yarhouse and Stanton Jones' book, Ex-gays?, for his Spectrum web column.
Carol Grady posted her reaction to the conference, At Least We're Talking, on the Spectrum blog.
Dave Ferguson wrote a report on the conference for Adventist Today's website.
Harold Weiss wrote a column, It's A Sin, for Spectrum.
Adventist Review wrote this Special Report.
Jared Wright Twittered the conference for Spectrum (Update 1, Update 2), and proposed three questions he wanted to see answered.
Kelly Youngberg also Twittered the conference.
Filmmakers working on a documentary, Seventh-Gay Adventists, who attended the conference were interviewed by Adventist Today.