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Embrace Webinar #20 – Dr. Julia Sadusky

Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today’s Youth

Emerging Gender Identities 

By Mark Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky 

This book offers a measured Christian response to the diverse gender identities that are being embraced by an increasing number of adolescents 


The Life on Side B Podcast 

Life on Side B is a podcast that looks at the lives of LGBT+/same sex attracted Christians who believe in the traditional sexual ethic of the Christian faith and therefore live according to that view whether through celibacy or a mixed orientation marriage. 

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The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender 

With Preston Sprinkle 

The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender is a collaboration of Christian pastors, leaders and theologians who aspire to be the Church’s most trusted source of theologically sound teaching and practical guidance on questions related to sexuality and gender. 

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Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible has to Say 

By Preston Sprinkle 

Compassionate, biblical, and thought-provoking, Embodied is an accessible guide for Christians who want help navigating issues related to the transgender conversation.  

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Sexual & Gender Identity Institute 

With Mark Yarhouse 

The mission of the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute is, from a Christian worldview, to further our understanding of sexual and gender identity, and the intersection of these identities with religious identity, and to be a resource to the church and to the broader culture.  We do this through research, training, and consultation. 

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Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric 

In this two-hour documentary, Katie Couric sets out to explore the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity. 

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Transgender at 11: Listening to Jazz Jennings 

Interview with Barbara Walters 

Barbara Walters catches up with Jazz Jennings, a young girl who says she was born in the wrong body. After being diagnosed with gender dysphoria at age 5, Jazz began living as a transgender girl and has officially transitioned from male to female.  

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Dr. Julia Sadusky (Presenter)

Julia Sadusky (PsyD, Regent University) works as a clinical psychologist in Denver, Colorado. She also serves as a youth and ministry educator, offering trainings and consultations on the intersection of sexuality, gender, and theology. Her research experiences and clinical training have focused on the study of sexual and gender identity, including providing individual, family, couples, and group therapy for those navigating sexual- and gender-identity concerns. She is an advisor for the Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. 

Learn more about Julia on her website: Dr. Julia Sadusky.

TIM CICCONE (Facilitator)

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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