Forum: The True Nature of the Covenant That Binds Us Together and Matters of Human Sexuality

Forum: The True Nature of the Covenant That Binds Us Together and Matters of Human Sexuality


This forum was held on Saturday, May 10 at the Westchester Marriott. The video of this event is shown below.

Dr. Bill T. Arnold, Dr. Althea Spencer-Miller, Bishop Martin D. McLee, Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey, Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree, Ms. Kim McLarin (Moderator), Rev. Drew McIntyre. (panelist bios below)

“The purpose of this forum will be to contribute to healing within the body and greater understanding among those who are affiliated with the New York Annual Conference. Bishop McLee intends that persons would listen deeply to one another in an atmosphere of Christian respect.” (Quoted from the March 10, 2014 Just Resolution document) 


Ms. Kim McLarin (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing  at Emerson College and author of critically-acclaimed novels: Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters and Jump at the Sun. She is also a regular panelist and moderator on Basic Black, produced by WGBH in Boston.

Dr. Bill T. Arnold, Paul Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary and author of upcoming book, Seeing Black and White in a Gray World: The Need for Theological Reasoning in the Church’s Debate Over Sexuality.

Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey, Associate Dean for Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice at Boston University School of theology, ordained elder in full connection Northern Illinois Annual Conference.

The Rev. Drew McIntyre, Pastor of West Bend UMC in Asheboro, NC and an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference. He is a contributor to the blog, Via Media Methodists, dedicated to offering an alternative perspective beyond the current polarization and advancing the conversation in the UMC.

Dr. Althea Spencer-Miller, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Drew University Theological School and Provisional Elder in the New York Annual Conference.