LGBTQ+ Youth: Fostering Care Close to Home. 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.
Race and Policing: Black and Blue Lives Matter with Chaplain Paul Lyda and Pastor Cliff Chappell. This session will seek to account for various injustices, including how we all too easily minimize people based on their skin color or the badge and uniform they wear. We need to ‘police’ our societal structures so that we can move to protect one another—black lives and blue lives—and enhance justice and dignity for all.
Creation Care: Pro-Life, All Life with Marc Foggin. We cannot show proper regard for humanity if we do not steward and sustain the environment well. This session will seek to demonstrate that the emphases on human care and creation care are not mutually exclusive but require one another.
Maximize—Don’t Marginalize, Week 3 – Freedoms for Religious Minorities: The Fully Clothed Public Square
Freedoms for Religious Minorities: The Fully Clothed Public Square with John W. Morehead. This session will emphasize the importance of Christians calling for a fully clothed public square that makes space for people of all other faith traditions.
End-of-Life Care: Wounded Healers with Dr. Robert Lyman Potter. This session will focus on medical ethics and advocacy for the most important party at any dying individual’s bedside—the dying person. All other stakeholders must come to share in their struggle as support givers who are “wounded healers.”
Suicide Prevention: Beyond Shame to Shalom – This New Wine session will focus on suicide prevention, which involves moving beyond stigma and shaming those who have died by suicide, who are struggling with thoughts of suicide, and those who are suicide survivors.
Maximize—Don’t Marginalize: A six-week webinar series addressing the importance of maximizing the personhood of the other, rather than marginalizing those who are different. This series will address such themes as suicide prevention, end-of-life care, minority religious groups’ freedoms, the non-human creation’s welfare, racial sensitivity and policing, and LGBTQ+ youths’ wellbeing.