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The Pugwash Factor:
How to Respond to the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision
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SpeakerDwight K. Nelson
Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.
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“The Pugwash Factor: How to Respond to the Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Decision”
- The Supreme Court
- “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. . . . It would misunderstand these [same sex] men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf)
- The Creator
- Matthew 19:3-12
- Seventh-day Adventist Church: “Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus Christ to be both monogamous and heterosexual, a lifelong union of loving companionship between a man and a woman. In the culmination of His creative activity, God fashioned humankind as male and female in His own image; and He instituted marriage, a covenant-based union of the two genders physically, emotionally, and spiritually, spoken of in Scripture as ‘one flesh.’” (http://www.adventist.org/information/official-statements/statements/article/go/0/marriage/30/)
- S.D.A. Theological Seminary: “. . . a marriage between a man and a woman is the Edenic model for all time. This unique heterosexual marital form involving the sexual union of a man and a woman constitutes the divine paradigm, the ‘Creation order,’ for humanity from the beginning. This paradigm means that marriage cannot consist of the sexual union between a man and another man or a woman and another woman. This Creation pattern of marriage between a man and a woman remains the norm throughout Scripture.” (“Biblical View on Homosexual Practice and Pastoral Care,” draft 6 p 2)
- North American Division of S.D.A.: “The Seventh-day Adventist Church acknowledges the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday June 26, legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States. Even with the Supreme Court's decision, the Adventist Church maintains its fundamental belief that marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman. While the church respects the opinions of those who may differ, it will continue to teach and promote its biblically based belief of marriage between a man and a woman. The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that all people, regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation, are God’s children and should be treated with civility, compassion, and Christ-like love.” (http://www.nadadventist.org/article/1073743014/news/current-newspoints/newspoints-june-26-2015-supreme-court-on-same-sex-marriage)
- The Church
- Russell Moore: “We must embody a gospel marriage culture. We have done a poor job of that in the past. Too many of our marriages have been ravaged by divorce. Too often we’ve neglected church discipline in the cases of those who have unrepentantly destroyed their marriages. . . . We must hold our views and love those who hate us for them. We must not only speak Christian truths; we must speak with a Christian accent. We must say what Jesus has revealed, and we must say those things the way Jesus does—with mercy and with an invitation to live.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/06/26/why-the-church-should-neither-cave-nor-panic-about-the-decision-on-gay-marriage/)
- Justin Lee: “I’ve talked to many single Christians who find the church a challenging place to be at times. But for single gay Christians, there are even bigger hurdles. . . . Single gay Christians face the difficulties of singleness alongside potential condemnation for their orientation. And while all single people face challenges in our culture, the challenges faced by people who are single by choice or because they haven’t yet found the right person are different from the challenges faced by those who eagerly desire companionship but believe God requires celibacy even if they should fall in love in the future.” (Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs-Christians Debate 239-240)
- Seminary: “While being faithful to biblical teaching about homosexuality, we must also seek earnestly to understand and empathize with the struggles and challenges that face those who struggle with sexual immorality. . . . All persons, including practicing homosexuals, should be made to feel welcome to attend our churches while non-practicing gay persons should be welcomed into membership and church office. All should receive spiritual care from the church (Gal 6:1). We stand against any antipathy toward homosexuals as well as any cultural biases that fuel a lack of Christ-like love for them. . . . We strongly affirm that homosexual persons have a place in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.” (Ibid 16, 17)
- Henri Nouwen: “God, help me to see others not as my enemies or as ungodly but rather as thirsty people. And give me the courage and compassion to offer your Living Water, which alone quenches deep thirst.”
The Andrews University Band & Keyboard Festival this year includes nearly 100 academy students from four states and Canada. The festival band will be directed by Byron Graves, performing Sacred Suite by Brant Karrick, Simple Gifts by Frank Ticheli, and more. The festival keyboard students are under the direction of Chi Yong Yun, and will perform a variety of selections. Admission is free.
March 18, 4:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
Dr. John Kelly, MD, MPH, will make a presentation on “Epigenetics and Lifestyle: Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny” at the St. Joseph Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1201 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph. Dr. Kelly was founding President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, serves as an adjunct faculty at two medical schools, and is the new President of Oak Haven in Pullman, MI. There is no admission fee for his presentation, which is sponsored by Healthy Together Friends in partnership with the St. Joseph Seventh-day Adventist Church. For more info and to register, go to our website at www.htfriends.org or call (269) 697-3405.
March 3, 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: St. Joseph Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1201 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph
All eighth-grade students are invited to attend and see the exciting programs Andrews Academy offers. You will experience one day with us. While there you will worship together, go to a number of classes with Academy students, and participate in a number of games and activities. Lunch will be served; T-shirts and prizes will be given. Registration begins at 7:30 AM, the full day of activities will begin at 8:00 AM and will conclude by 3:15 PM. You are invited to stay for the optional dodgeball tournament and pizza supper to follow. Call (269)471-3138 with any questions you may have.
March 5, 7:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Location: Andrews Academy
We will be spending time and handing out flowers to the people at the Pine Ridge Center. This is a great opportunity to interact with the people who live in our local community. We will be leaving from the PMC Church parking lot, and transportation will be provided. Please contact Alexander Hales at email@example.com for further information.
March 1, 2:00-3:00 PM
Contact: Alexander Hales - firstname.lastname@example.org
The AU Campus are invited to join Ted Wilson, General Conference president, and some of his colleagues on Sabbath, March 2, from 3:00-5:00 PM in the PMC Sanctuary. During that time, Elder Wilson will share some exciting updates on mission and talk with us about unity in the church. The last 40 minutes will be for questions and answers. So that we can ensure he and his team have a chance to be prepared and time to be responsive to the majority of questions, we are asking for questions to be submitted in advance. These can be submitted through PMC at www.pmchurch.org/gcqa or through the University at email@example.com. Please send your questions before the end of Sunday, February 24. Thank you so much and please do come and join us for this important time of reflection and engagement.
March 2, 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: PMC Sanctuary
Come and learn about Christian sexuality from internationally renown authors and speakers Drs. David and Beverly Sedlacek.
March 2, 3:30-5:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons
Pioneer welcomes all members to its next business session. Come for supper at 6:00 PM with the business meeting at 7:00 PM. Hear reports and updates regarding our building program and church life.
February 25, 7:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons
Join the AU students in a unique and beautiful vespers featuring inspiring music and poetry on the theme of gratefulness. This annual vespers is presented by the Andrews University Departments of English and Music.
February 22, 7:00 PM
Adventist Engaged Encounter is an intense weekend workshop for seriously dating, engaged, and newlywed couples. It is biblical, results oriented, and designed for couples to interact in a private, safe environment allowing you to explore your relationship with each other and with God. Engaged Encounter runs from Friday March 1 through Sunday March 3. The cost is $75 per couple, meals are included on Sabbath and Sunday.
Friday, March 1, 6:15-9:00 PM
Sabbath, March 2, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 3, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Griggs Hall, Council Chamber