Accomplished author, speaker, and LGBT Christian activist Justin Lee will visit the University of Lynchburg to present a lecture in conjunction with “Journey to Spiritual Justice,” a series of events at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Lee’s lecture, titled, “Talking Across the Divide,” will be held on Monday, October 29 in Snidow Chapel at 7:30 p.m.
Lee will discuss his memoir Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate, which recounts his struggle to hold onto his faith while affirming himself as gay. The book discusses a number of questions Christians often face related to LGBT issues, such as whether sexual orientation can be changed, how should churches respond, and what the Bible says about the issues. In his lecture, Lee will talk about his journey and his motivation for writing his memoir, while inviting students to talk about their experiences with Christianity.
This lecture is just one event in coordination with First Christian Church’s series of “Journey to Spiritual Justice” events from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28. Lee will give a keynote speech at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 27, at the church. All of the “Journey to Spiritual Justice” events are free and open to the public, but First Christian Church asks that the public register here before attending.
Since its founding in 1903, the University of Lynchburg has maintained a relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The University’s Spiritual Life Center fosters an inclusive atmosphere that allows students to explore and practice their faith traditions and engage in dialogue with others.