The Malone University Worldview Forum Series will open its 2013-14 season with Gay and Christian: A Dialogue on a Faith-Driven Life at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton.
The conversation will include Justin Lee, founder and executive director of the Gay Christian Network and Christopher Yuan, who teaches at Moody Bible Institute. Jason Moyer, assistant professor of communication arts at Malone, will serve as moderator.
The program, which is free and open to the public, will explore issues of monogamy and celibacy for gay Christians, reparative therapy and scriptures that address what it means to be gay and Christian.
Yuan is featured in the award-winning documentary, HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS and has co-authored (with his mother) Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope.
Lee directed a 2009 documentary called Through My Eyes, which focuses on the struggles of young gay Christians. He also authored Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs. Christians Debate, and writes a blog called “Crumbs from the Communion Table.” His organization is a nonprofit that provides resources and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians.
The goal of the Worldview Forum Series is to provide the community with an opportunity to engage in critical thinking and civil dialogue.
Malone is a Christian liberal arts university and is affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church. For more information, go to www.malone.edu or call 1-800-521-1146.
In other religion news:
Centenary United Methodist Church — 1310 Superior Ave., Akron. 10:45 a.m. Sunday. A Day With Friends & Family will celebrate the 95th church anniversary. Morning worship will be followed by an afternoon of food and fellowship.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 10 a.m. Sunday. One combined service will celebrate 100 percent attendance day. Guest speaker is Dr. Winfred Neely, director of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago campus. 330-935-0132.
Christ Is The Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Kenneth Martin from Golden Ridge Baptist Church in Shelby, N.C., will be guest speaker. At 4 p.m., the Rev. Jeffrey Bell and Holiness Deliverance Church members will be special guests, along with the Rev. Kevin Smith and Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. 330-376-1869.
Coventry Crossing Church of Christ — 552 Swartz Road, Coventry Township. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Free family movie night. This month’s feature movie will be The Croods. Popcorn and drinks provided. 330-724-3108.
Faith Lutheran Church — 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. First session of a new nondenominational, casual worship service and fellowship event for adults, youth and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be held every Wednesday. StarShine: Celebrating God’s Special Stars is a partnership with St. Hilary Catholic Church and Bethesda Lutheran Communities. For more information, contact the Rev. Carolyn Wagar Hier at 330-836-8811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Christian Church — 6900 Market Ave. N., Plain Township. 6 p.m. Oct. 6. The Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour focuses on girls ages 7-12. It is intended to give mothers the conviction to train their daughters to embrace modesty, purity and true beauty. It also introduces their daughters to positive role models in special guest One Girl Nation, a new pop group using lyrics to encourage tweens. Balloons, games and special effects are included but scripture flows throughout the show. Co-sponsored by WNPQ-FM The Light 95.9. General admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door, or $13 per person for groups of 10 or more. Tickets available at local Christian book stores or call 330-492-9590.
First United Methodist Church of Akron — 263 E. Mill St., Akron. 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Men’s Group will host a kick-off dinner in the social hall for studying Letters from Dad: Words of Faith, Hope & Love: Unlocking the Hearts of Fathers. It will focus on the lost art of letter writing to leave a legacy for your wife, children and grandchildren. Subsequent meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, call 330-376-8143 or Men’s Group president Jerry Jensen at 330-688-8453.
Greater Akron Young Life — at Galaxy restaurant, 201 Park Center Drive, Wadsworth. 6 p.m. Banquet with dinner and silent auction and the opportunity to learn more about the organization. Young Life is a faith-based outreach not affiliated with any particular denomination. No cost, no ticket needed, but reservations are requested by calling 330-577-7122 or email email@example.com.
Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church — 930 S. Nickelplate Ave., Louisville. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5. Craft show will be held. Vendors’ applications can be found at www.kountzemlc.org, or call Susanne Clark at 330-280-6507.
Love Akron Network — at Open M, 941 Princeton Ave., Akron. 10 a.m. Oct. 9. All Christian leaders are invited to a time of prayer, worship and fellowship. For more information or to RSVP for lunch, call 330-384-8124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Haven Baptist Church — 545 Noble Ave., Akron. 5 p.m. Oct. 5. A banquet will honor the Rev. Richard B. Cash on his first pastoral anniversary at Alpha Phi Alpha House, 662 Wolf Ledges Parkway. Tickets $25. Call Cylla Henderson at 330-294-7377 or Margie Smith at 330-459-3305.
Northampton United Methodist Church — 852 W. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Family Fall Festival. Carnival games, bounce house, food booths, music and fun. Personal care items will be collected to donate to Heart 4 the City’s outreach ministries. 330-929-0015.
Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church — 844 Garth Ave., Akron. 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Celebrating the fifth pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Robert L. Golson at morning service. At the 3 p.m. service, the Rev. Luther C. Cooper of Mount Zion Baptist Church will be guest preacher. 330-762-4997.
St. Sebastian Parish — 476 Mull Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. Oct. 19. The Knights of Columbus will hold the third annual 5K Race Around the Park & Family Fun Run around Schneider Park and West Akron neighborhoods. The Family Fun Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m. and the entire family can register for $10. The 5K begins at 9:45 a.m. Preregister by Oct. 9 for $25 or on race day for $30. To register, contact Tony Burgoyne 330-805-7628 or www.akronkofc.org/program/5k-race-around-the-park.
Trinity Lutheran Church — 600 S. Water St., Kent. Fall Fest 2013: Stewardship of Creation will be held Sunday through Oct. 6. At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, there will be a Bog Walk and Environmental Fair, followed by an ice cream social from 3 to 5 p.m. On Monday at 7 p.m., there will be presentations on climate and population. On Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a clambake and potluck dinner, along with a choir concert. At 7 p.m. Friday, there will be a presentation on Brownfields and Ohio caves and bats. A Blessing of the Animals will be at both morning worship services on Oct. 6.
Werner United Methodist Church — 5116 Werner Church Road NE, Nimishillen Township. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Oct. 5. Church celebrates 30 years with the Apple Butter Time event. It includes a bake sale, homemade apple butter sold by the jar and case. Variety of food available, including hot dogs, apple fritters, chicken sandwiches, apple desserts, apple cider and pumpkin pie. Everyone welcome. 330-877-9338.
Zion Apostolic Faith Church — 10 W. Tallmadge Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Women’s Day, with speaker Stachia Manson. Theme is Lord Show Us Your Glory.
Church of the Savior — 120 Cleveland Ave. SW, Canton. 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Voices of Canton Inc. will present Love So Amazing, So Divine: Great Songs of Faith. The concert features the VOCI chorus, Chad Pittman on piano and organ and Dr. W. Robert Morrison on carillon and organ. Tickets $20 for adults and $15 for students. Call 330-455-1000 or visit www.voicesofcanton.org.
First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 3 p.m. Sunday. Organist Hector Olivera will perform. His program will include classical pieces, show tunes, pop music and more. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 reserved seating. Child care available. 330-923-5241.
Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. A Five at Five concert will feature Phillip Thomson on piano to kick off its 2013-14 season schedule. 330-836-2226, www.westminsterakron.com
Canton Baptist Temple — 515 Whipple Ave. NW, Perry Township. 5 p.m. Sunday. Dr. David Gibbs III, president and general counsel of the National Center for Life and Liberty, will speak. He has authored five books and hosts a weekly radio program, Law Talk Live, on the Moody Radio Network. The public is invited. 330-477-6267.
FutureChurch — Living the Legacy of Vatican II will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Cleveland Airport Marriott Hotel, 4277 W. 150th St., and 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at River’s Edge at St. Joseph Center, 2430 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland. The two-day celebration will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. It features Jamie L. Manson, columnist at the National Catholic Reporter, who will present Friday’s keynote address. On Oct. 5, a panel discussion will focus on how clergy and laity working together made Vatican II happen in Cleveland. Two-day tickets start at $85, Friday only are $60 and Oct. 5 only at $35. 216-228-0869, www.futurechurch.org
Holy Martyrs Church — 3100 S. Weymouth Road, Medina. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The Criminal Violence of Human Trafficking will be presented by Sister Anne Victory, Colene Conley and others. Mass will be at 7 p.m.
Walsh University — 2020 E. Maple St., North Canton. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7. The Division of Theology and Jewish/Catholic Studies Institute will host a special Women and Faith inter-religious dialogue program in Barrette Center Room C. It includes scholars in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths who will explore how commitment to a faith tradition shapes the experience of everyday life and encounters with members of other faiths. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-224-4734 or email email@example.com.
St. Luke’s Ministries — 3810 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5. Animal Blessing event will take place with two services, at 1 and 4:30 p.m., for pets to receive a blessing. It will also be pet adoption day, with local animal rescues and shelters bringing dogs, cats, horses and small animals looking for new homes. Free nail trimming and ear washing from Hudson Animal Hospital. Free talks, demonstrations and vendors. The Pet Memorial Chapel will be available to remember deceased pets. All pets must be leashed or caged. For questions, call Tina Fisher at 330-665-2227, ext. 302.
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