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Maximize—Don’t Marginalize, Week 6 – LGBTQ+ Youth: Fostering Care Close to Home

May 18, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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It is important that people of all walks of life come together to end homelessness and suicide among LGBTQ+ youth. Stories persist of Christian parents forcing their children who “come out” to move out, often leading to life on the streets. Homelessness makes them vulnerable to various forms of abuse, as well as the threat of suicide. Those in foster care face similar pressures and challenges. This session will bring together those of affirming and non-affirming theological positions to care for the hurting, in this case gay youth. The common denominator of human dignity and decency must take precedence, as in the case of the Samaritan in Jesus’ account of neighbor love in Luke 10. The Samaritan cares for the person beaten and left for dead. The Samaritan knows nothing of the other man’s beliefs or lifestyle, simply that he is in need, and addresses it. The same must also be true today: may we care for and love our LGBTQ+ youth and neighbors as ourselves.

Presenters: Brad Harper, Drew Harper, Toraya Miller, and Manny Santiago, with Paul Louis Metzger moderating.

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Register for this one session ($5) or the whole series of six ($25).

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About the Maximize—Don’t Marginalize Conference Series
Watch the 5-minute introduction to the conference series:
Synopsis of the Conference Series:
We live in a day and age where it is so easy to depersonalize other humans. It is vitally important to maximize others’ personhood in view of their inherent dignity rather than minimize them. An all-encompassing Christian doctrine of creation will require that we treat the human as well as non-human creation as sacred rather than profane. New Wine’s upcoming conference “Maximize—Don’t Marginalize” will address various pressing issues along these lines: suicide prevention, end-of-life care, minority religious groups’ freedoms, the non-human creation’s welfare, racial sensitivity and policing, and LGBTQ+ youths’ wellbeing. Please join us for these live webinar sessions that will take place every Thursday evening from April 13th to May 18th. All sessions in this series:
  • April 13: Suicide Prevention: Beyond Shame to Shalom
  • April 20: End-of-Life Care: Wounded Healers
  • April 27: Freedoms for Religious Minorities: The Fully Clothed Public Square
  • May 4: Creation Care: Pro-Life, All Life
  • May 11: Race and Policing: Black and Blue Lives Matter
  • May 18: LGBTQ+ Youth: Fostering Care Close to Home
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