I am trilled to announce that Ihave begun to work on a new project. It is an attempt at a thoughtful dialogue between me and Warren Cole Smith, an Evangelical journalist and the editor of The Charlotte World. We are discussing and writing together about a variety of issues in hopes of modeling a conversation that is both frank and respectful.
We will appear together on the same stage to make our conversation public this coming December 6, 2008 at 7:00 PM in Asheville, NC in an event we are calling Come Let Us Wrestle Together. (Which I am aware sounds strangely homo-erotic.)
When two Christian men, one straight and one gay, get together, sparks are sure to fly.
But when both of them can intelligently articulate their positions and reasonably respond to the positions of the other, the sparks generate not just sound and fury, but warmth and light.
That’s exactly what happens when Peterson Toscano and Warren Smith get together.
Toscano, a Quaker from New England, is a gay performance artist, a blogger, and the co-founder of the organization Beyond Ex-Gay. Warren Smith is the editor of The Charlotte World, a newspaper that serves the Christian community. Together they are attempting to write a book together about the things that separate them.
Questions relating to sexuality are on the front pages of our major papers almost every day, but these tough questions are almost never answered. The gay activists talk to their base, and the Christian activists talk to their base. But they rarely talk to each other, and if they do neither side wants to go public with the results of those conversations.
Come Let Us Wrestle Together will take some of the most interesting and provocative issues of our day, take two people who are passionate and articulate about their respective sides in the debate, and bring them together in a format that gets well below the surface. Peterson and Warren will truly engage the issues because neither will let the other avoid them!
Come Let Us Wrestle Together
Saturday December 6, 2008 7pm
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
789 Merrimon Ave
Asheville NC 28804