Adult Sunday School Class “Marriage, the Bible, and the Presbyterian Church” 9:50-10:45 a.m. January 11- February 22 in the Great Hall

Same sex marriage is now legal in 35 states. Public opinion polls reflect increasing support, especially among young adults. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has given greater latitude to congregations and pastors to sanction same sex wedding services. In this class we will consider same sex marriage from scriptural, experiential, and legal perspectives. The purpose of this class is not to advocate for or against same sex marriage, but to take an even-handed approach and help participants think through the issues involved, raise questions, and engage with each other in respectful discussion around this timely and sensitive issue as it relates to us as individuals and as a church.

Class Schedule

January 11 – What’s at Stake? An Introduction to the Issues

Leader: Steve Hancock, Pastor/Head of Staff

January 18 – The Bible and Marriage – Part 1

Leader: Dr. Robert (Bobby) Williamson, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Hendrix College

January 25 – The Bible and Marriage – Part 2

Leader: Dr. Robert (Bobby) Williamson

February 1 – In Defense of Traditional Marriage

Leader: Dr. Don Weatherman, President and Professor of Political Science,

Lyon College

February 8 – Why Same Sex Marriage Is Important to Me

Leader: Dr. Jay Barth, Professor of Political Science, Hendrix College

February 15 – Legal Issues Regarding Same Sex Marriage

Leader: Annabelle Imber Tuck, Former Associate Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court

February 22 – Continuing the Conversation: Voicing Perspectives

Leader: Dr. Karen Akin, Associate Pastor

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