The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness

March 10 -12, 2017
Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools (AUMTS) co-hosted an academic theological colloquy on “The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.” The colloquy was in support of the Council of Bishops.

GBHEM and AUMTS have invited a diverse group of scholars and theologians from around the world to write and present papers and reflections on human sexuality and Christian doctrine. The presenters come from:

  • 13 United Methodist seminaries in the U.S.
  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Africa University (Zimbabwe)
  • Reutlingen Theological School (Germany) 
  • Wesley Divinity School (Philippines)

The goal of the academic theological colloquy is to provide a comprehensive and constructive conversation that will serve as a resource for the Council of Bishops and the greater church. All information presented at the three-day colloquy will provide content for a book, which will be published in spring 2018. The book will be presented to the Council of Bishops and The Way Forward Commission. 


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