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Common Ground after the HSR

A place to come together and discuss human sexuality and faith.

We know that you, our CC readers, have lots to say about decisions made at the Christian Reformed Church’s Synod regarding the Human Sexuality Report. One year ago, our Editor pleaded for unity on this issue, and while denominational unity is beyond CC’s mission statement, our membership in the body of Christ remains. 

Honesty and Understanding

CC is committed to preserving a space where Christians who disagree can listen well to each other. That’s why Peter Schuurman took the time to integrate 100 responses into his August editorial. That’s why we make room in every issue for your letters. And that’s why we’ve opened up this space for you to engage specifically on matters related to polarization around the HSR.

We hope it’s a place to be honest, outside of the usual echo chambers, and to build understanding. Naïve? Maybe! But we think it’s worth a try. 

What do you think?

We invite you to leave a reply with your thoughts on one or more of these five questions.

  1. Why is human sexuality such a divisive topic in our churches?
  2. In what ways have we oversimplified the issue and made it unnecessarily polarizing?
  3. When you think about the perspectives that you disagree with, are there any parts of those views that actually do make sense to you?
  4. Is there an experience in your life that has made the topic of human sexuality important to you?
  5. What is the question that nobody is asking?

Below you’ll see comments from other readers. Please include the question number if you’re responding to a specific question or feel free to reply to existing comments.

Past CC articles

Over the last couple of years, many of our talented writers have shared their insights and research on this topic. We invite you to browse our human sexuality archive, if you’re looking for more food for thought before commenting.

A space for listening well

  1. Curt Gesch Avatar

    Sexuallity, like money, has been “off the table” for discussion for a long time.

  2. Curt Gesch Avatar

    Why is human sexuality such a divisive topic in our churches? For years and years, personal salvation, sex, and money have been taboo subjects in many Christian traditions. Now we don’t know how to talk about them.

    Is there an experience in your life that has made the topic of human sexuality important to you? Having personal knowledge and relations and interactions with people who have experienced condemnation is the single most important activity one could take in understanding the various topics. It was for me. Difficult to call those living common law “fornicators” when they are your friends; difficult to call people “abominations” when you are praying with them to God through Christ.

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  1. Why is human sexuality such a divisive topic in our churches? For years and years, personal salvation, sex, and money have been taboo subjects in many Christian traditions. Now we don’t know how to talk about them.

    Is there an experience in your life that has made the topic of human sexuality important to you? Having personal knowledge and relations and interactions with people who have experienced condemnation is the single most important activity one could take in understanding the various topics. It was for me. Difficult to call those living common law “fornicators” when they are your friends; difficult to call people “abominations” when you are praying with them to God through Christ.

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