God Believes in Love

God Believes in Love: Shifting the Conversation

Stanford University
November 3-November 4, 2013

Join us for some thoughtful and engaging conversation with three courageous religious leaders about the current realities as well as the challenges for LGBTQ persons, religious communities and marriage equality today. Free admission and all are welcome.

In the last year we have seen significant changes in the controversy regarding LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) rights. The United States Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California Proposition 8, the military has eliminated Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) and fourteen states now legally recognize same-sex marriage.  At the same time, a number of religious communities and traditions have become more welcoming and accepting, not only of LGBTQ clergy, but of marriage equality. Despite these sweeping changes, many religious adherents believe such acceptance of LGBTQ rights is contrary to religious texts and the norms of respective traditions.

University Public Worship
Sunday, November 3, 10:00 am
Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Building 500

Bishop Gene Robinson, a retired Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire will be preaching at University Public Worship in historic Memorial Church. A lunch discussion and book signing will be held in the Round Room after the service.

Bishop Robinson, the first openly gay bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church, is the author of several books, most recently God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage. The film, Love Free or Die, a Sundance Film Festival 2012 award winner, tells his compelling story and parallels the conversation underway in many American churches about whether gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God and equal under the law. Bishop Robinson is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. Read more about Bishop Robinson>>


Bishop Gene Robinson in Conversation with Gabe Lyons
Sunday, November 3, 2013, 7:00 pm
Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Building 500

While a number of Christian denominations and communities have become more welcoming of LGBTQ persons, ministers and marriage equality, many believers oppose such acceptance and understand it as contrary to the Bible and Christian doctrine. Join Bishop Robinson and Gabe Lyons for an engaging conversation about the state of family values and marriage equality in the Christian church today. A book signing will be held in the Round Room after the event.

Gabe Lyons is the author of The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America and the founder of Q—a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Additionally, he is the co-author of UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters. Read more about Gabe Lyons >>


Bishop Gene Robinson in Conversation with Rabbi Steve Greenberg
Monday, November 4, 2013, 7:00 pm
Kehillah Hall, Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center (565 Mayfield Ave at Campus Dr)

Bishop Robinson will join Rabbi Steve Greenberg, the first and only out, gay Orthodox Rabbi, to speak about LGBTQ realities within their own traditions, their thoughts on marriage equality, and their personal, spiritual journeys. A book signing will be held after the event.

Rabbi Greenberg is the winner of the Koret Book Award for Philosophy and Thought and the author of the groundbreaking book Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition which explores homosexuality and Jewish tradition. For over twenty years Rabbi Greenberg has been a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and is also the Director of the CLAL Diversity Project. Steve is a founder and co-director of Eshel, an Orthodox LGBT community support and education organization and serves on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Steve lives with his partner Steven Goldstein and his daughter Amalia in Boston. Read more about Rabbi Greenberg >>


WE HAVE FAITH Photo Exhibit

Now through mid-November
Koret Pavilion at Hillel at Stanford, Ziff Center for Jewish Life, 565 Mayfield Ave at Campus Dr, back building
The exhibit can be seen up and downstairs at the Center.

Friday, November 1, 12:00-1:00 pm, White Plaza

WE HAVE FAITH presents powerful photos and quotes of faith community heroes of the movement for equality. WE HAVE FAITH is an exceptional resource which serves not only to open hearts and minds but also to help support the movement for the full moral and legal equality and inclusion of LGBT people within all faith traditions and within society as a whole.


Presented by the Stanford University Office for Religious Life, Hillel at Stanford and United Campus Christian Ministry with additional support from the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Progressive Christians at Stanford, Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry, Queer Events & Services Team, ASSU, Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Kol Emeth and Congregation Beth Jacob