Upcoming lectures feature LGBT, religious topics

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by QNotes Staff  Staff Reports  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: September 27, 2013 in A&E / Life&Style

Progressive theologian Brian McLaren will speak at Myers Park Baptist Church for a series of events, Oct. 11-13. Photo Credit: Wally Schmidt/schmidtphotography.ca.

Progressive theologian Brian McLaren will speak at Myers Park Baptist Church for a series of events, Oct. 11-13. Photo Credit: Wally Schmidt/schmidtphotography.ca.

Several upcoming lecture and discussion events will feature engaging conversations on topics of religion and LGBT equality.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer & Mitchell Gold: On Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., North Carolina LGBT activist, businessman and philanthropist Mitchell Gold will participate in a panel discussion on “Politics, Religion and LGBT Equality” at Lenior-Rhyne University’s P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 625 Seventh Ave. S.E. in Hickory. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will moderate. Other panelists include the Rev. T. Anthony Spearman of Hickory’s Clinton Tabernacle Church and the Rev. Jack McKinney, a pastoral counselor and former pastor at Raleigh’s Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. Gold is the editor of the anthology “Youth in Crisis: What Everyone Should Know About Growing Up Gay.”

Interfaith dialogues: Myers Park United Methodist Church will host a two-part interfaith discussion on Sept. 30 and Oct. 21. Rabbi Murray Ezring of Temple Israel and the Rev. James Howell of Myers Park United Methodist Church will discuss “Christianity and Judaism” on Sept. 30. Howell will join Imam John Enderer of the Muslim American Society of Charlotte to discuss “Christianity and Islam” on Oct. 21. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m. at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Rd.

Emerging Church: Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd., will host the Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren on Oct. 11-12 for two events. An oct. 11, 7 p.m., free book signing and lecture will be followed on Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m., with the seminar, “Christian Faith Emerging.” The seminar is $45 and includes a continental breakfast. McLaren will also speak at the church’s 9:45 a.m. adult forum and 11 a.m. worship service on Oct. 13. McLaren is well-known as a progressive Christian theologian within the emerging church movement and has expressed moderate views on the life of LGBT people in the church. : :