SAVANNAH, GA – February 21, 2020 – Author J.J. Warren, whose powerful speech about the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) position on LGBTQ+ individuals at the 2019 UMC Special Conference went viral, is slated to join Asbury Memorial Church, 1008 E Henry St., Savannah, for their 11:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 1. Warren will address Christianity and the LGBTQ+ community before signing copies of his first book, Reclaiming Church: A Call to Action for Religious Rejects.
Warren will also be at Georgia Southern University’s Statesboro campus at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in room 1020 of the Interdisciplinary Academic Building (950 I.T. Dr., Statesboro) and Armstrong campus at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 2 in room 157 of University Hall (11935 Abercorn St., Savannah).
During these engagements, Warren will talk about issues of gender, sexuality, and religion as well as his personal experiences of working for social change within the institution of the church. After making an impassioned plea for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons at the UMC’s top law-making assembly, Warren’s speech went viral, and his advocacy has been covered by the Huffington Post, NBC, Brut Media, and WXXI Radio. Warren now travels the world preaching a message of collective forward progress and inclusion.
Reclaiming Church: A Call to Action for Religious Rejects, is on sale now and will be available for purchase at all three engagements. In this book, Warren continues his call to reaffirm that the Church be welcoming to all, including young queer people like those he led at Sarah Lawrence College who “didn’t know God could love them because their churches said God didn’t.”
Warren spent a year at Oxford University, England, where he studied Biblical Hebrew, Early Church history, and gender studies of late antiquity. He founded a progressive Christian community on his undergraduate campus, and founded Team Forward, an online collective of queer youth/young adults and allies who seek to grow in ministry, use their voices, and reclaim the Church through radical love. Warren is a seminary student at Boston University School of Theology, a graduate of New York’s Sarah Lawrence College (’19), and a certified candidate for ordination in The United Methodist Church (UMC).
For more information about Asbury Memorial Church or Georgia Southern University, please visit www.asburymemorial.org or www.georgiasouthern.edu. To learn more about J.J. Warren, visit www.jjwarren.org.
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