We live in a world and a time in which we are faced with many conflicts, challenges, and confusion, and we often have more questions than answers. When it comes to how we talk about and understand sexuality, we can find so many different perspectives, viewpoints and experiences - even within the church. So, as a community, we want to humbly embark on a journey of seeking to understand, listen, and learn from the truth of scripture, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and the heart and love of God.
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Gregory Coles is the author of Single, Gay, Christian (InterVarsity Press, 2017) and No Longer Strangers (InterVarsity Press, 2021). He holds a PhD in English from Penn State and lives in Idaho's Treasure Valley, where he works as a writer and speaker. Greg is a Senior Research Fellow at The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender and curates most of his creative activities at gregorycoles.com
“Tony is Kelsey’s husband, an author, pastor, speaker, movie-aficionado, book-worm, and pitiful golfer. After over a decade of youth ministry, Tony and Kelsey have started the process of church-planting in, Springfield, OR. Tony is the author of Regenerate: Following Jesus After Deconstruction.”
Kyla was born in BC, Canada. Being raised in a Christian home, she gave her life to Christ at an early age. At age 5, she began struggling with gender identity, dysphoria and same-sex attraction. In 2011, she fully transitioned from female to male. After living 6 years as male, God revealed Himself to her in a powerful way, and has since fully de-transitioned and is living as female in pursuit of Jesus. She has a passion for sharing the Gospel, teaching youth, speaking, and blogging. She travels, sharing her testimony in both Canada and the USA. She has been a contributor for The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender in films and panels. Her deep desire is to make Jesus known and give a Biblical voice to the Trans* conversation. Kyla is part of her local Church, Gospel City Church in Coquitlam, BC.
Ron Koustas is recently retired and though he prefers the couch, God keeps nudging him off it. He is a founding member and ministry leader of Hope For New York's outreach to people dealing with AIDS. He is instrumental in partnering faith-based ministries with established secular organizations in both Manhattan and New Jersey. Featured in CT's Leadership Journal and Mike Slaughter's book, "unLearning Church," he enjoys speaking to Reformed University Fellowship students seeking to serve in NYC during Spring Break. A Rutgers University graduate, he holds a BS in Business Administration.
Sounds of the Series. This is a list of songs that we may be singing throughout this series and hope that they will be encouraging to you!
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