The Daily Beast: InterVarsity’s Growing LGBTQ Controversy

I have a new article up at The Daily Beast on InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s controversial LGBTQ+ employee policy; employees are not allowed to endorse or affirm LGBTQ+ relationships and remain at IVCF.  InterVarsity’s re-entrenchment of heterosexuality as the only acceptable identity is seen by many of those who are personally invested in their organization as troubling. It may lead to not only their de-recognition by colleges and universities—something they’ve faced in the past—but also the inability to have a table at the annual Society of Biblical Literature.

Check out the piece:

“When InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA endorsed Black Lives Matter last December, it saw racial reconciliation as “an expression of the gospel.” The evangelical student outreach, which has 1,011 chapters on 667 campuses, was both criticized and praised.

A recent controversy over the group’s position on same-sex relationships and how it affects employees, however, shows that any fears of their impending liberal takeover are greatly exaggerated….”

Read the full article at The Daily Beast….

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Thoughts on The AAR 2013

I’m back from the joint conference of The American Academy of Religion and The Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore and I’m finally getting to a round-up of thoughts on the trip. This year, my choice of sessions were based on the theme of the secular and the “nones.” I wrote about my schedule here and I wrote about finding the secular and nones at The AAR on The Huffington Post (“How to Find the Secular at The American Academy of Religion“) last week.

Here’s what came out of it. Continue reading “Thoughts on The AAR 2013”

A priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a conference

AAR SBL Annual
The annual meeting of The American Academy of Religion and The Society of Biblical Literature (2012).

My newest article, “A priest, a rabbi, and an atheist walk into a conference,” for ToledoFAVS.com (our local hub of the Religion News Service) is up. In this piece I reflect on this year’s annual meetings of The American Academy of Religion and The Society of Biblical Literature through the eyes of two scientific studies on group formation. These annual meetings are primarily for professional development, but they also offer an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of someone else–to expand our horizons and circles.

This leads me to ask, what makes one’s circle grow? What is an “in-group?” One study suggests oxytocin is a player in group dynamics and another suggests that exposure therapy can make the difference. What do you think? Continue reading “A priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a conference”