Theological Questions About Being Married
Anonymously received from the pre-class survey.
- What is marriage?
...it can't just be signing that piece of paper, or having a certain wedding ritual, since those are context-specific.
- How does the definition of marriage inform LGBT inclusion in the church?
...and how about monogamy vs. polyamory?
- Why is marriage important?
...if there is no marriage in heaven then is it something designed to help us now?
- How is marriage different from committed, long-term partnerships?
...if a couple has been together for a while, have a house together, have kids together, are they practically married? What difference would it make if they actually got married (besides the legal implications)?
...if the social "benefits" or implications of marriage were not an issue, why would anyone who is not a christian participate in marriage?
- If you don't want children, what is the purpose of marriage?
- What does God say about divorce, separation, and same sex marriages?
We look forward to discussing these questions and creating conversation with you tonight at the Level Ground Theology Class.
Just As a Reminder
These theology classes won't attempt to provide exact answers to our questions (which we know can sometimes be frustrating). Instead, the classes are designed to help us understand the context and scope of our own questions and convictions. Sometimes this process creates more questions than answers. But it also creates a lot more opportunity for dialogue, relationship, and growth.
Why Do We Do This
We know it can be difficult to hold our social convictions alongside the faith we were taught growing up, or the culture we see around us. Or perhaps we don't quite understand how to talk with family or friends who deeply disagree with our beliefs.
>> Where do these differences come from? How can we read the same words in the bible so differently?
This series of "How Do We Think About" classes are an opportunity to learn more about our own questions and convictions on a given topic (related to gender and sexuality), and also understand how and why other people may believe differently than we do. Our goal is NOT to teach a single idealogy, but to practice a dialogue marked by humility, curiosity, and respect.