Neil Heath wrote:Don't forget this conference was planned long before Colleen made her comments as CBF moderator, in fact probably before she was even elected.
Ed: Right you are Neal, one of Arron's links is to an ABP announcement of the conference published in May of 2011 Colleene did not become Moderator of CBF until the Assembly in Tampa in June of 2011. But had become Moderator elect at the 2010 Assembly in Charlotte .
In that story there is one quote from Gushee that for me cast a pale on the whole Idea . "Gushee said the conversation will be focused on 'how we should live as followers of Christ' and not to declare a position on any issue. To say "the conversation will be focused on 'how we should live as followers of Christ' and 'not to declare a position on any issue''. Seems to me to be an oxymoron. To be honest I really do not expect any thing positive from this conference but then I do not know any thing about any of the participants. Perhaps they will surprise me.
I am bothered a bit by the billing of this conference as " The first ever such baptist conference" which make it sound as if baptist have ignored this subject for ever. Such is not the case. Wayne Oates and Henlee Barnette where writing on the subject in the 1950s and 60's. Wallace Denton a friend and fellow Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in W. Lafayette, Indiana was already Chair of the Child Development and Family life Department at Purdue University when we arrived in 1971. Wallace a graduate of Ouachita and SBTS and and student under Oates, and his Wife Juanita where leading Marriage enrichment seminars in a number of Baptist churches and these seminars included some very frank and open discussion on sexuality. I am inclined to think that their are probably a number of other Baptist academic types with expertise in this realm who remain unknown to most of us including Gushee.