Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a nonprofit, interdenominational organization working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues. He has written about his experience in his book "Torn" about growing up as a gay Christian man in the South and why he believes that being both gay and Christian is not mutually exclusive. 

Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a nonprofit, interdenominational organization working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues. He has written about his experience in his book "Torn" about growing up as a gay Christian man in the South and why he believes that being both gay and Christian is not mutually exclusive. 

Torn: gay and Christian?

an evening with author justin lee

Thursday March 23. 7:00pm. JMU Memorial Hall Auditorium. admission is free. JMU Wellness Passport Event.

For years RISE has longed for the opportunity to bring a speaker to Harrisonburg who offers a compelling story and theological perspective related to our belief that it is entirely possible to identify as LGBTQI AND be a deeply committed person of faith. We’ve really enjoyed studying Justin Lee’s book “Torn” (click here to buy) in small group settings and found his powerful story and frank discussion of being a “gay Christian” to be life changing and affirming. And so we are thrilled to have the chance to bring Justin to JMU to share his story with college students and Harrisonburg locals of all ages alike. We truly believe his vision offers a way forward towards mending the sharp divide between the Christian church and LGBTQI people. We believe that conversations like these save lives, offer hope, and can mend God’s creation together.

Format: We’re gonna be honest with you. In some ways, this is a pretty standard speaker stands on stage, talks to people sitting in chairs who listen attentively, followed by a time for the speaker to answer questions from the people sitting in chairs listening attentively. (even if you come to take a nap, that’s ok too. We just hope you come). We’ll be taking questions throughout the experience through text message and on paper. So no worries, we’re not going to put a mic in your face. What makes this speaker different? He’s awesome. The subject matter, even in this age, is still somewhat unique and challenging. We will do EVERYTHING in our power to make this a safe and welcoming environment and we ask that if you attend you help us in that effort.