A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples

Embrace Webinar Series

Thanks to all who have joined in the Embrace webinars. Our next webinar will take place on September 13 (details below).

In the meantime, please feel free to e-mail us with questions or comments at embrace@covchurch.org and be sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on all things Embrace.

Embrace Webinar #6

The Joys and Challenges of Mixed-Orientation Marriage

Thursday, September 13, 12-1pm

 

 

Some LGBTQ+ people who uphold the historic Christian sexual ethic choose celibacy in singleness, whereas others pursue faithfulness in heterosexual marriage. But what does faithfulness in heterosexual marriage look like for those who experience persistent same-sex attraction? Join us for a conversation with Nate and Sara Collins who find themselves in such a “mixed-orientation marriage.” They will share the joys and challenges of their journey with us, and together we will explore such questions as: Is it possible for a non-straight person to fall in love with someone of the opposite sex? What is the difference between sexuality and sexual orientation? How can non-straight people who pursued heterosexual marriage in the hopes that it would “cure” them continue to walk in faithfulness in their marriages? Together we will explore what flourishing can look like within the context of mixed-orientation marriage.

Note: E-mail us questions in advance to be considered during the webinar at embrace@covchurch.org.

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Nate and Sara Collins
Nate Collins, Ph.D., is the author of All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at The Intersection Of Faith, Gender, And Sexuality (Zondervan Academic, 2017). He is also the president and founder of Revoice, an organization that promotes LGBT+ flourishing in historic Christian traditions. Previously, Nate served as an Instructor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he also earned his PhD in New Testament. His wife Sara Collins, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and currently works with children in the foster care system who need specialized treatment to help them cope with trauma. Nate and Sara were members of One Church, an Evangelical Covenant Church fellowship in Louisville, KY, and have recently relocated to St. Louis, MO.

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Embrace Webinar #5: Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones

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Embrace Webinar #4: Who God Says You Are: Christian Identity and Human Sexuality

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Embrace Webinar #3: Just Sexuality: Exploring the Intersections of Justice and Human Sexuality

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Embrace Webinar #2: Single Gay Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity

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Embrace Webinar #1: People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

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Make and Deepen Disciples team — Facilitators
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Michelle Sanchez
Michelle Sanchez is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the ECC. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area, ministered to international students in New York City with Cru, and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an international business degree from New York University (NYU), and certification in spiritual direction from Boston College.

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Tim Ciccone  
Tim Ciccone is Director of Youth Ministry for the Evangelical Covenant Church and has a deep passion to serve and encourage youth workers across the denomination. He is father to Caleb, Josiah, Samantha, and Ethan and has been married to Maria for 18 years. Prior to his role Tim was the Pastor of Generational Discipleship at Hillcrest Covenant Church in the Kansas City area. He earned his MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary and has been serving in the church for over 24 years. Tim is passionate about people finding and following Jesus!

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As we develop Embrace, we hope to receive feedback from diverse voices, especially with regard to existing resources or experiences which you have found to be helpful and effective. Feel free to connect with us anytime at embrace@covchurch.org.

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