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Ron Belgau at Seattle Pacific UniversityRon Belgau

Ron Belgau is an internationally known speaker who lectures on Biblical sexual ethics and his own experiences as a celibate gay Christian. He is the cofounder of Spiritual Friendship. In 2015, during Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia he and his mother, Beverley, were invited to speak at the World Meeting of Families about how Catholic families can better respond to gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in their midst.

He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, then worked at Microsoft as a Software Design Engineer in Test for several years before starting graduate school. He then studied Philosophy at St. Louis University, where he also taught ethics, medical ethics, philosophy of the human person, and philosophy of religion. He also spent the 2009-2010 school year at the University of Notre Dame as a research assistant at the Center for Philosophy of Religion.

For a decade and a half, he has travelled around the United States speaking about sexuality and pro-life issues from an orthodox Christian perspective. He has spoken at Catholic and Protestant Churches and Universities (including Pepperdine, Gordon College, Seattle Pacific, Notre Dame, Hope College, and Huntington University); more recently, he has also been invited to speak at Trinity Western University in Canada and Notre Dame’s extension Campus in London. In addition to Spiritual Friendship, he has served on the steering committees for Bridges Across the Divide, as a group leader for Multifaith AIDS Projects, and as leader of the Gay Christian Network’s celibacy support forum. His writing has appeared in the New York TimesNew Oxford ReviewFirst Things, and Notre Dame Magazine, where one of his essays shared first place for “Best investigative writing or analysis,” in the Catholic Press Association’s 2005 Press Awards. His writings can also be found at his personal website.

durham-photoshoot-233Wesley Hill is associate professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, second edition 2016), Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (Eerdmans, 2015), and Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015). His book on the Lord’s Prayer is forthcoming in 2019 from Lexham Press. A contributing editor for Comment magazine, he writes regularly for Christianity Today, First ThingsThe Living Church, and other publications.

Providence-006-300x300Kyle Keating is a teacher of history and theology at Providence Classical Christian Academy in St. Louis, Missouri. In May 2010, he married his lovely wife Christy, who also teaches in the St. Louis area. He worships at South City Church (PCA). He anticipates graduating with his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in May 2014. In addition to writing for Spiritual Friendship, Kyle has spent the past six years speaking to numerous high school and college groups, and at many local churches on the topic of homosexuality and Christianity.

tushnet

Eve Tushnet is a writer in Washington, DC. She was received into the Catholic Church in 1998. She has written for The American Conservative, Commonweal, USA Today, and The Atlantic, among other publications; has spoken to Theology on Tap in Maryland, New York City, and Denver, and to many college and high school groups; and is the author of Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Embracing My Faith, Finding Community, forthcoming Fall 2014 from Ave Maria Press. She blogs at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/evetushnet/.

 

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