The LGBTQ+ community is probably one of the most underserved populations within our church. According to the CDC LGBTQ+ are 2 to 3 times more likely than the general population to attempt suicide, to be homeless, victimized, and to face barriers to health care because of isolation and a lack of culturally competent service providers. So what are we doing as a church, as individuals to see people as people rather than theological dilemma to solve.
Welcome back to Advent Next a theological podcast curated for curious faith discussion. This week we are talking with Pastor Paul-Anthony Turner who identifies himself as a runner, a PhD student, an African-American, a Christian, and a celibate gay man. Today we are going to unpack his story along with looking at the relationship of the church with the LGBTQ+ community as well unpack some new terminology like “Side A, Side B and Side X” when describing the spectrum of individuals who identify as LGBT and their relationship to the theology behind marriage.
You can follow Pastor Paul at Paul.Anthony.Turner on Instagram. Right now we are going to be unpacking the first half of our 2-hour conversation. So please patient if you don’t get answers to questions on this episode, they’re probably coming in the next. We want to thank the Adventist Learning Community for making this program possible. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Youtube, be sure to find us at the handle @adventnext. I’m your host Kendra Arsenault and this is Advent Next.