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The Streckert Lecture

Is Sex Difference Essential to Marriage? A Conversation on Same-Sex Relationships

Hosted and moderated by Mark Yarhouse

The 2022 Streckert Lecture on Christianity, Sexuality, and Gender

Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00pm in Barrows Auditorium (Billy Graham Hall)

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The Sexual & Gender Identity Institute at Wheaton College presents "Is Sex Difference Essential to Marriage? A Conversation on Same-Sex Relationships," with Karen Keen and Wesley Hill on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7:00pm.  The conversation is hosted by Dr. Mark Yarhouse. 

Join us Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 7:00pm for The Streckert Lecture on Christianity, Sexuality, and Gender with a reception to follow.

Wheaton College  maintains and affirms in its Community Covenant that marriage is a lifelong commitment between a man and woman.  Yet people continue to debate the ethics of same-sex relationships. Traditional biblical perspective centers on Genesis and Ephesians 5 to argue for the ontology of sex difference and thus male-female marriage.  There is also an ongoing conversation nationally and around the world that has moved outside of the exegesis of specific scripture passages to broader theological exploration of sex difference.  Wheaton alumnus Wesley Hill and his friend and colleague Karen R. Keen present contrasting perspectives in their dialogue on same-sex relationships and whether sex difference is essential to a Christian definition of marriage. 

Wesley Hill 120 x 150 Wesley Hill is an Episcopal priest and associate professor of New Testament. He has spoken and lectured at numerous Christian colleges and seminaries in the U.S. and internationally. In 2018 he was a member of the St. Augustine Seminar held at Lambeth Palace to prepare resources for the upcoming Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion in 2022. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, second edition 2016), Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (Eerdmans, 2015), Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015), and The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father (Lexham, 2019). A contributing editor for Comment magazine, he writes regularly for Christianity Today, The Living Church, and other publications.  He earned his B.A. from Wheaton College, IL; M.A.  from Durham University, UK; M.A. from Bethlehem Seminary, MN; and Ph.D. from Durham University, UK.     

Karen KeenKaren R. Keen is a biblical scholar, author, and spiritual care provider. She has taught biblical and theological studies in both academic and church settings. One of her primary research interests is Scripture and ethics, including how we interpret the Bible for sexual ethics today. She is the author of Scripture, Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships and has a forthcoming book on the origins and interpretation of the Bible, both with Eerdmans. Trained as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition, Keen also provides spiritual care through groups, classes, and retreats through The Redwood Center for Spiritual Care and Education. Keen earned her MS in education (counseling) from Western Oregon University, MA in exegetical theology from Western Seminary, and ThM in biblical studies from Duke Divinity School. She voluntarily left her PhD program during the dissertation stage to pursue ministry--with no regrets. 

Mark Yarhouse 120x150Mark Yarhouse is the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, where he directs the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Understanding Sexual Identity: A Resource for Youth Ministers and Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture.

Why does Wheaton College host an event such as this one? We believe graduates of a Christian liberal arts college should be able to understand and engage in current societal discussions with people whose convictions may run counter to our own evangelical perspective. Events such as these also allow us to model what Richard Mouw describes as “convicted civility,” or how to carry and communicate Christian commitments in ways that are respectful of those with whom there is disagreement. Lastly, students have these conversations whether we enter into them or not. They need faithful models that prepare them well to honor God in their relationships during and after college. It behooves us to be a part of these important conversations about some of our most important convictions. 

This event is free and open to the public and will take place in Barrows Auditorium in Billy Graham Hall.  For more information, contact Kelly Arensen at 630.752.7206 or sgi@wheaton.edu.