Dr. Mark Achtemeier is a Presbyterian writer, minister and theologian. After beginning his ministry as a conservative Christian activist who fought against LGBT inclusion, he experienced a change of heart that has led to his playing a prominent role in recent years in helping the Presbyterian Church (USA) become more open and accepting toward LGBT Christians.
Mark will share some of the story of his transformation during a workshop at Heritage Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 17th at 6pm and Sunday, March 18th at 10:30 am as the visiting preacher.
Mark’s story is presented in more detail in his 2014 book, titled “The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage,” which tells the uncommon story of how a pastor with a high regard for the authority of Scripture could come to believe, through years of careful study, that traditionally negative Christian attitudes toward homosexuality are the result of long-standing misinterpretations of the Bible. Even more striking, he now believes that a persuasive biblical case can be made to support same-sex marriage. Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the event.
In addition to his work on sexuality issues, Mark has traveled widely as a conference speaker, he has served as an official representative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in both ecumenical and interfaith dialogues. Mark taught theology and ethics for fifteen years at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and has served pastorates in Virginia, North Carolina and Iowa. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mark holds degrees from Harvard College, Union Presbyterian Seminary and Duke University. He currently resides in Dubuque with his wife Kat, also a Presbyterian minister, and together they have three grown children and three grandchildren, with an additional grandchild on the way in July.
Everyone is welcome to attend the workshop and sunday services.
Workshop: Saturday, March 17, 6pm
Services: Sunday, March 18, 10:30 am
Heritage Presbyterian Church, 880 South 35th St., Lincoln, Nebraska, 68510
Contact Rev. Raymond Meester for additional information at email@example.com or 402.477.3401.
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