The Council is joining EqualityNC and the Equality Federation to bring noted Christian ethicist David Gushee to Durham on April 24 to speak about Christian ethics and the recently passed House Bill 2. He will present the keynote and be joined by T. Anthony Spearman, pastor of St. Phillip African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Greensboro and William S. Meyer, associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical.
The Council’s opposition to HB2 rests on policy, dating back more than two decades, that speaks against discrimination based on sexuality. We are part of a chorus of voices calling for this harmful, hateful law to be repealed. The damage done to North Carolina’s reputation, its economic future, and, most importantly, to our sisters and brothers hurt by HB2 has only just begun to be felt, but the repercussions are already significant.
Join us on April 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 North Church Street in Durham. Admission is free.
The Rev. Dr. Gushee currently serves as Vice President of the American Academy of Religion and incoming President-Elect of the Society for Christian Ethics. He is a professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Atlanta.
Along with serving as a pastor, the Rev. Dr. Spearman is the Executive Director of Clinton’s Corner of Catawba Community Development Corporation, which deals primarily with the plight of those in the throes of poverty. He is third vice president of the NC NAACP, a staunch LGBTQ advocate, and president-elect of the Council.
Meyer has worked at Duke for 30 years. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and has written and spoken publicly about the psychological and spiritual harms faced by LGBTQ individuals.