Living in the metro area of the Twin Cities provides incredible opportunities to participate in cultural and intellectual events. Several times a year, I invite members and friends of St. Stephen’s to join me in some of these activities that might strengthen us on our journey of faith together. So consider yourself invited to go “On the Road with the Rector.”
For the second year in a row, Krista Tippett, host of American Public Media’s “On Being” is moderating a series of public discussions that bring together individuals with different points of view for an experience of “politically counter-cultural relationship at work.” It’s called “The Civil Conversations Project” and this fall will conclude with a conversation on the definition and redefinition of marriage.
This is an especially timely subject for those of us who live in Minnesota because of the proposed marriage amendment that would ban, constitutionally, same gender marriage in our state and will appear on the ballot here in November. So consider attending this event, described below, or watching it later on video:
Redefining the definition of marriage is a monumental cultural transition. But we’ve reduced our public deliberation of this matter – even inside our religious institutions – to a matter of votes and laws. The reality is, even one-third of Democrats still express opposition to gay marriage. But younger people of every political and moral persuasion are coming to a collective comfort level and consensus. Jonathan Rauch is a gay man and gay marriage advocate who respects the values and concerns of social conservatives and wants them taken seriously. David Blankenhorn is a self-identified liberal democrat and long time family and marriage advocate, who testified for gay marriage opponents during California’s Prop. 8 ballot initiative. But he has recently withdrawn his legal opposition to gay marriage, acknowledging the emerging moral consensus. They have developed a friendship that has surprised and changed them both. We’ll listen in on their common struggle to respond compassionately to both sides of our human and civilizational encounter with same sex union, and to discuss it in terms of civil society and a pro-family agenda.
I registered for this event yesterday and have ten free tickets to give away at the Ministries Fair on Sunday, September 16, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Edina, Minnesota. Any of these tickets that remain after that celebration will be available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the church office, which is located at 4439 West 50th Street, Edina, MN 55424.
Alternatively, you can also register for your own free tickets using the link below or even take a chance as a non-registered guest and possibly be seated during the final ten minutes before this event on a first-come first-served basis.
Civil Conversations: The Future of Marriage
Wednesday, October 10, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455