SCRIPTURE AND THE NEW SCIENCE OF GENDER:
UNDERSTANDING COMPLEXITY, NAVIGATING CONFLICT, EQUIPPING THE CHURCH
Building on two years of filming personal interviews with Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish intersex people and ten years of academic research, Dr. DeFranza has been developing a video curriculum for adult Sunday School classes/small groups.
Scripture and the New Science of Gender equips Christians with the tools and Biblical wisdom to engage in more productive conversations on the difficult topics of gender diversity.
Many leaders in theologically conservative congregations want to equip their people for better conversations about gender but fear church conflict and schism. Many parishioners remains suspicious of scientific perspectives that don’t seem to fit with their readings of the Bible. Watching people of faith whose bodies do not conform to our assumptions about male and female bodies share their personal testimonies offers conservative Christians a place to begin conversations about topics they formerly believed to be off-limits. Meanwhile, progressive churches may be “welcoming” in theory, but their lack of knowledge about biological sex diversity can manifest in blind spots to practical matters of inclusion and the unique needs of intersex people and their families. Few understand how intersex people differ from LGBTQ people. All benefit from a better understanding of gender science, Scripture, and tools for facilitating difficult conversations with charity and respect.
With the help of a grant from The Bangor Theological Seminary Center, Dr. DeFranza will be able to complete the filming and editing of the curriculum and test it in 4-6 churches across the theological spectrum, employing their feedback to refine it for wider distribution.
Do you (& your small group) want to test the curriculum for free?