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Phillips Community Members Honored at Alliance Q Banquet

Two members of the Phillips Theological Seminary community were honored by the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance with the Rev. Michael Schloff Recognition, while Phillips was recognized as an open and affirming ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) during the 2017 General Assembly.

The Rev. Dr. Lisa Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of Denominational Formation (Disciples of Christ), and the Rev. Geoff Brewster, Senior Director of Stewardship, received the special recognition Sunday evening, July 9, at the Alliance Q banquet.

“Our first recipient serves as a youth LGBTQ advocate and mentor and recently supervised over 140 youth in traveling to the Oklahoma state Capitol to advocate for LGBTQ legislation,” said the Rev. Sarah Combs, member of the Alliance Council, in presenting the award to Brewster. “His leadership on the Tulsa Interfaith Pride Service planning committee has helped ensure the inclusion of many faith traditions in the annual service, so that those who may not have, or have been hurt, by a faith community might find welcome.”

The Rev. Dan Adolphson, Moderator of the Alliance Council, presented the honor to Davison. He said, “As a longtime Alliance Q member and one of the strongest, yet unsung allies of the LGBTQ+ community, Dr. Davison has used biblical scholarship around the topic of ‘What the Bible Does/Doesn’t Say About Homosexuality’ in small group bible studies, sermons, and workshops to take people deep into the bible, dispel myths and untruths, and help open people’s eyes to the truth that everyone is created in the image of God and that all are welcome at the table.”

Phillips Theological Seminary is one of eight open and affirming ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) according to the organization’s most recent report. There are also 157 open and affirming congregations, which is nearly five percent of the congregations listed in the denomination’s yearbook.

The Rev. Michael Schloff Recognition is named for the late Reverend Michael Schloff of Boston, Massachusetts, an openly gay Disciples clergyman, who died of AIDS related pneumonia in the fall of 1988. At the time of his death, he was an original member of the former Alliance Coordinating Committee.

This Recognition is given to individuals or groups who demonstrate the powerful Christian commitment to LGBTQ and affirming Christians, and to all persons within or without the church.

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