Critical race theory

Christianity and Same Sex Attraction: One Man’s Journey

  • How should Christians think about individuals with same-sex attraction and their struggle?
  •  What is the experience of a Christian with same sex attraction?
  • What is a Biblical view of same sex desire, attraction, orientation, and change?
  • What kind of change can God bring to individuals with same sex attraction? 
This webinar will explore these questions and more from the perspective of one man’s journey as a Christian walking the journey of same sex attraction, providing insights and guidance for Christian human service professionals, counselors, and social workers*. Daren Mehl is currently a pastor who previously identified as gay and shares his testimony of personal transformation through faith in Jesus. Daren has been married for 17 years and has two children. He has been active in ministry since 2017 when he became President of Voice of the Voiceless, a 501c3 focused on educating the public about the issue of homosexuality from a Christian perspective. Daren has appeared on several national radio, internet, and print media outlets sharing his testimony. *This webinar is not about conversion therapy. Neither the presenter, nor ACHHS or Indiana Wesleyan University endorse the use of “conversion therapy” also known as unethical, unproven, coercive attempts by a therapist to persuade or convert clients out of same sex attraction.

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

Antiracism & Christianity in Human Services

Issues of race, justice and antiracism are frequently at the forefront of conversation in human services and culture. This workshop will explore key questions about antiracism including:
  • What is antiracism from the view of current culture?
  • What are its key components and how is it the same or different from a Biblical approach to issues of race and justice?
  • What real issues of justice, oppression or racism continue to affect the Black community today?
  • How should Christian people helpers respond to both unhelpful views of antiracism and the real issues of race and oppression in our culture?
Presenter Kevin Briggins grew up in the inner city of Birmingham, Alabama where he was raised in a Christian home and in the black church. He and his wife Shulonda have been married for 15 years and have three daughters, Karis, Kinley, and Khloe. From 2017 to 2021 he served as a lay elder in a Southern Baptist church where he was heavily involved in racial reconciliation discussions and efforts. He is now cohost of the Off-Code podcast under the Center for Biblical Unity where he tackles important issues related to the black community. He has a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and has enjoyed a 20-year career as an intelligence analyst.   https://www.centerforbiblicalunity.com/

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

A Christian Response to Sexual Orientation Change

What is the balance of truth and grace in discussing contrasting views of sexual orientation change? How can Christian professionals add value to the discussion?

In this diverse discussion, part 2 of 4 sexuality series, Dr. James Phelan will present an academic appraisal of how secular informants view sexual orientation change efforts. As a backdrop to the discussion, Phelan will discuss these resolutions and contrast the topic of change according to a Christian worldview as well as fact-checking.  He will lead discussions of personal change, and practical ways to navigate a Christian worldview of change from that of a secular worldview of change.

ACHHS Diverse Discussions webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a friend or colleague. Please rsvp below.

We are working to becoming certified CEU providers for future webinars. Please check back on this post for updates.

The presenter will present for 30-40 minutes followed by question and answer/discussion.

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

Social Justice: A Biblical View

ACHHS webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a member, please include their name on your email when you rsvp.

This webinar will not have CEUs available, but we are working to becoming certified CEU providers for future webinars.

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Discussion details:

Continue reading “Social Justice: A Biblical View”

Integration of Christian Faith in Practice: Confronting the Challenges

ACHHS live webinars are free and open to members, as well as prospective members in our Facebook groups (ACHHS or TCCSW).  You may also attend if you are referred by a member, so please include their name on your email when you rsvp. Recordings of past webinars will only be accessible on this website as a benefit of ACHHS members.

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Integration of Christian Worldview
Integration of Christian Worldview in Practice

Discussion details:

The presenter will present for 30 minutes followed by question and answer/discussion.

In addition to the ethical challenges helping professionals often encounter daily with individual clients, patients or families, increasingly, workers face areas of moral tension between areas of  public policy and agency or professional expectations that may clash with their Christian faith. This discussion will identify key areas of tension between Christian faith  and professional practice and discuss implications and challenges for Christian professionals. Ideas for responding ethically using a worldview model will also be discussed along with a Q and A.

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

Dissecting Critical Race Theory from a Pastoral Lens–Racial Reconciliation

ACHHS webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a member, please include their name on your email when you rsvp.

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Critical Race Theory-racial reconciliation

Discussion details:

The presenter will present for 30 minutes followed by question and answer/discussion.

When providing services in the health and human services fields, whether as a social worker, nurse, counselor, minister, human service provider, or even when teaching in these service oriented professions as a university professor, some Christians may experience conflict between their orthodox or Catholic Biblical worldview on how to approach helping others and the popular culture’s call to advance social justice systemically.

Pastor Alex Bryant of Alex Bryant Ministries will focus this presentation on:

  1. What does reconciliation look like from a Biblical perspective? How is it the same and how does this differ from established social justice initiatives?
  2. Considering reconciliation takes forgiveness for past wrongs, who should take the lead in initiating the reconciliation process?
  3. Racism affects us in many different ways; mentally, intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. This is why it has been such an effective tool the enemy has used to cause division for centuries. What does it take to stop the vicious cycle from continuing? What tools do we have to fight against the strong urge to retaliate or harbor hatred in our hearts when we are the victims of racism?

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.

Dissecting Critical Race Theory from a Biblical Lens

ACHHS webinars are free and open to paid members, Facebook group members (ACHHS or TCCSW), or if you are referred by a member, please include their name on your email when you rsvp.

To rsvp for this webinar, please send an email to admin@achhs.org. A zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Discussion details:

The presenter will present for 30 minutes followed by question and answer/discussion.

When providing services in the health and human services fields, whether as a social worker, nurse, counselor, minister, human service provider, or even when teaching in these service oriented professions as a university professor, some Christians may experience internal conflict between their orthodox or Catholic biblical worldview and their profession’s new cultural shifts that emphasize values of “diversity, inclusion, and equity at all costs”.

The goal of this presentation is to focus on clarifying some key tenets of CRT and then explore some key problems with CRT in light of Biblical truth, including the concept of sin and redemptive nature of faith. Along the way, Dr. Owens would also like to explore what is “redeemable” within CRT, and to discuss ways that compassionate, ethical Christians can still pursue biblical values of empathic care, justice, and loving thy neighbor while not compromising Scriptural truths.

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.
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