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Atlanta Conference Focuses On LGBT Inclusion In The Church

Matthew Vines, author of the book “God and the Gay Christian,” talks to WABE’s Jim Burress for Thursday’s “A Closer Look.” Vines is behind a conference at the Sheraton Atlanta geared toward fostering LGBT inclusiveness in the church.
Matthew Vines, author of the book “God and the Gay Christian,” talks to WABE’s Jim Burress for Thursday’s “A Closer Look.” Vines is behind a conference at the Sheraton Atlanta geared toward fostering LGBT inclusiveness in the church.
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By the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court will determine the legality of same-sex marriage in the United States.

And many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians ─ and their supporters ─ are concerned whether the church will accept them.

This week, about 300 Christians will convene at the Sheraton Atlanta for what organizers call a “Bible-based training to advance LGBT inclusion in the church.”

Matthew Vines, author of the book “God and the Gay Christian” and the event’s organizer, says the conference is meant to reach evangelicals who already affirm LGBT people.

“They may already be in a place of much more openness and support, but a lot of times their friends, their families, their pastors are not,” Vines said on Thursday’s “A Closer Look.”

Vines says the conference will provide those church members with Bible-based resources for opening a conversation.

Registration remains open for the event, which starts Thursday and ends Saturday.