Embrace is a suite of human sexuality discipleship resources and learning experiences which are in harmony with the adopted position of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), the center of which is "Faithfulness in heterosexual marriage, celibacy in singleness—these constitute the Christian standard."
A special emphasis of Embrace is equipping our church to flourish in love for LGBTQ+/SSA/sexual minority* individuals and communities. Embrace resources will be progressively curated and created by Make and Deepen Disciples.
*A note on language: We recognize that in conversations about human sexuality, various constituencies use words and definitions in different ways. Meaning matters, and the careless use of language can hinder true communication. With Embrace, we make an effort to curate and create resources that utilize a full range of human sexuality vocabulary interchangeably in order to make space for everyone.
This section promotes healthy dialogue and continued learning around a variety of topics related to our faith, gender, and sexuality. Each webinar is hosted by a member of the Make and Deepen Disciples team, and each guest is in harmony with the adopted position of the ECC. Upcoming webinars are announced first to the Embrace mailing list, so don’t forget to sign up here.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12–1pm CST
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Julia Sadusky on her book authored with Dr. Mark Yarhouse: Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today’s Youth. Their book explores a Christian response to the diverse gender identities that are being embraced by an increasing number of adolescents. They help us distinguish between current mental health concerns, such as gender dysphoria, and the emerging gender identities that some young people turn to for a sense of identity and community. Based on Dr. Sadusky’s significant clinical and ministry experience, we will have a conversation about practically engaging and ministering to teens navigating diverse gender-identity concerns.
One of the greatest challenges facing the church today is how to engage, welcome, and share Christ with LGBT+ persons. For decades, controversy and hurt have existed between the church and the LGBT+ community. A new generation views past mistreatment as a pressing justice issue. How will we guide our churches forward? More than 50,000…View Event ▸
Preston Sprinkle and other guest presenters help Christian leaders and pastors engage tough questions about faith, sexuality, and gender with theological faithfulness and courageous love by leading a thoughtful, dialogical, practical, and relational experience. These one or two-day forums are sponsored by seminaries, colleges, churches, or other denominations. To learn more about the Center for…View Event ▸
Train50 is a new Posture Shift leader licensing initiative to equip leaders to implement a Posture Shift in their own church or ministry. Posture Shift reached 50,000 leaders in 12 years. Starting Sep. 1, 2018, we hope to reach the next 50,000 in 12 months by unleashing our highly credentialed Posture Shift curriculum into hundreds…View Event ▸
The first-ever Revoice Conference took place in June 2018 in St. Louis. Revoice is a new ministry which exists to see LGBTQ+/SSA/sexual minority people who adhere to the historic, Christian sexual ethic flourish in their local faith communities. The 2018 presenters included Preston Sprinkle, Bill Henson, Wesley Hill, Greg Coles, Eve Tushnet, and Nate Collins.…View Event ▸
Tough Talks is a workshop designed and led by William Mack, a Covenant pastor based in Louisville, Kentucky. It equips and encourages faith leaders, parents, and youth to create safe, informed spaces for dialogue with their families, communities, and ministries around the sensitive topics surrounding human sexuality and gender identity. Each workshop is tailored for…View Event ▸
Embrace Resource Suites
Hands | Embrace Service
Make a difference with and for those who have been sexually marginalized or abused
Support teens and their families as they navigate their unique challenges of developing sexuality