On April 24, 2019, Dunwoody United Methodist Church, in conjunction with Candler School of Theology, hosted a public event titled, “A Dialogue in Biblical Interpretation and Human Sexuality.” This event was intended to model how devout followers of Christ can and do disagree on specific aspects of biblical interpretation even as they mutually affirm the authority of Scripture and pursue open, honest, and constructive dialogue, especially as it relates to the results of the called General Conference of the United Methodist Church in February 2019.
The event featured presentations by two Candler professors, Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson, Associate Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, and Rev. Dr. Kendall Soulen, Professor of Systematic Theology. In their presentations, Watson and Soulen offer opposing biblical perspectives on marriage and homosexuality within Christian communities. The two presentations were followed by a time of audience Q&A. Rev. Dan Brown, Senior Pastor of Dunwoody UMC, and Dr. Jan Love, the Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean of Candler School of Theology, co-moderated the event. You are invited to watch the videos of the two presentations as well as the ensuing audience Q&A. The discussion questions below are intended to help Sunday School classes, Bible studies, or small groups process and respond to what they heard, adding their own questions, comments, and insights.