Cedarville University

Campus Seminars

Campus Seminars

To prepare the campus broadly for this protest, the task team planned a series of chapel presentations and workshops that addressed the biblical, psychological, physiological, social, and political aspects of the homosexual discussion. Only students with a significant level of attendance at the presentations attended interaction events with Equality Riders. Each of the seminars and chapel presentations was video and audiotaped and is available on this site.

Schedule for Chapels and Workshops
Date Description Location
February 22 A Defining Moment: What Does Our Response to Soulforce's "Equality Ride" Say About Us?
Dr. Carl Ruby

This Student Life Chapel launched the University's preparation for Soulforce's "Equality Ride." Dr. Carl Ruby discussed general information related to homosexuality, laid a foundation for Cedarville's response based on biblical truth, and introduced the preparation plan.

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» PowerPoint Presentation
10:00 a.m.
DMC Chapel
February 27 The Biblical Approach to Homosexuality: Part 1
Dr. Chris Miller & Dr. Carl Ruby

This session outlined the main arguments that groups like Soulforce use in support of homosexuality. It showed the weaknesses of these positions and outlined the historic, biblical, and theological case against homosexual practice.

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» PowerPoint Presentation
8:00 p.m.
DMC Recital Hall
March 1 The Biblical Approach to Homosexuality: Part 2
Dr. Tim Gombis

Building on the previous session, this workshop focused on how we can minister to homosexuals while maintaining our commitment to the church's historical position banning homosexual practice.

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8:00 p.m.
DMC Chapel
March 14 Causes of Homosexuality
Dr. Chuck Dolph

This session explored the psychological, social, and biological factors which may contribute to homosexual orientation, as well as presenting biblical resources for countering temptation in this area.

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8:00 p.m.
DMC Recital Hall
March 29 The Ethics of Homosexuality
Dr. Dennis Sullivan

This session looked at homosexuality from a scientific and biological perspective and provided a biblical basis for responding to the ethical issues related to homosexuals and homosexuality.

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10:00 a.m.
DMC Chapel
April 3 Public Policy & Civil Rights of the Homosexual
Dr. Mark Smith

This session explored the social and political issues related to homosexuality such as gay marriage and special rights for homosexuals.

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8:00 p.m.
DMC Chapel
April 11 Ministry to Homosexuals and their Families
Panel including Dr. Susan Warner, Dr. Jeff Cook, and Dr. Chuck Dolph.
Panel led by Dr. Carl Ruby

This session focused on ministry opportunities in the lives of homosexuals and their families. It focused on what it means to extend compassion to individuals who are struggling with homosexuality and its consequences, while maintaining the position that homosexual conduct is immoral.
8:00 p.m.
DMC Recital Hall
April 18 Workshops with Chad Thompson

Chad Thompson, author of Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would held workshops in The DeVries Theatre in the afternoon. His book is highly recommended by Tim Wilkins, Joe Dallas, Alan Chambers (President of Exodus Int'l.), Joseph Nicolosi (President of NARTH), and Warren Throckmorton.
2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
The DeVries Theatre
April 18 Prayer & Dedication Service
Pastor Bob Rohm

Held the evening before the Soulforce visit, this session concluded 25 days of prayer (one day for each Soulforce participant). It included a special dedication of those who interacted with Soulforce visitors and prayer for students who have someone in their family struggling with this issue. We also used this session to go over the day's schedule and provide last minute instruction to the student body.
8:00 p.m.
DMC Chapel