SILVER SPRING, Md. — Three years after the General Conference neglected to invite a single openly-gay presenter to the first Adventist conference on homosexuality and alternative sexuality, change is in the air.
Organizers for the Silver Spring-based second international Adventist conference on sexuality have invited Alicia Johnston, a former Adventist pastor to present as a keynote speaker.
Johnston recently resigned from Adventist ministry after coming out as bisexual.
Countless hours of prayer and theological study had brought Johnston to a fresh theology of human sexuality that led to her resignation decision.
“The least we can do is hear Ms. Johnston out on this one,” said conference organizer Lite Tänkande.
“Basically all we did last time was invite people that patted us on the back and told us we were right all along.”
Tänkande added that as unlikely as it was that a bunch of graying, overwhelmingly male, change-averse defenders of the status quo could be wrong about God’s view on something as complicated as personal sexuality, the topic was worth a fresh look.