Sex and the City of God: Intimacy and Wholeness

January 25–27, 2005

The 2005 Earl Lectures on the theme "Sex and the City of God" attracted one of the largest audiences in the event's 104-year history. The lectures featured the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and the first openly gay Episcopal bishop; Eric H.F. Law, missioner for congregational development of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and author of The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb: A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Community; and Christine E. Gudorf, professor at Florida International University and author of Body, Sex, and Pleasure: Reconstructing Christian Sexual Ethics.

Worship services included sermons by Bishop Robinson and Earl Preacher Douglass Fitch, pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church; music and dance by PSR faculty, staff and students and by the Cantare Chorale.

Discussion focused on the dilemmas in the definition of and right to marriage and on clergy and sexuality during two panel discussions. Andrea Bieler, Jim Mitulski, Renae Extrum-Fernandez, and Sharon Thornton explored marriage; and William Slayton, D. Mark Wilson, Penny Nixon, Marie Fortune, and Karen A. McClintock examined sexuality issues in clergy families.

In addition, the 31 workshops of the Pastoral Conference enabled participants to delve deeper into specific issues, such as sex in the Bible, queer theology, pastoral care responses to sex, coming out, youth ministry and sexuality, sexual ethics, issues in Asian/Pacific Islander and African American families and congregations, and HIV/AIDS ministry.

To order audio tapes of the conference, visit the website of Conference Recording Services or call them at 800/647-1110 or 510/527-3600.

You may also download the conference program book in PDF format, or listen to online audio recordings of the 2005 Earl Lectures.

For more information, please contact the Earl Lectures Conference Office at 510/849-8274.