OneGeorgeFox is excited to announce that George Fox University has agreed to host a panel discussion on campus concerning faith and sexuality that will include voices from the LGBTQ-affirming perspective of OneGeorgeFox. The event is entitled “Faith, Sexuality, and Identity: A Conversation” and will occur on Wednesday, November 7 from 7-8:35 p.m. in Hoover Academic Building 105 (lecture hall). Driving directions and a campus map can be viewed at (about a 45 minute drive from Portland, it will be worth it!).

One of the panelists providing an LGBTQ-affirming perspective is Nathan Meckley, the pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Portland. Pastor Meckley and MCC Portland have been strong allies of OneGeorgeFox and Common Ground. In addition, Judge Darleen Ortega, an alumna of GFU, current Oregon Court of Appeals judge and founding member of OneGeorgeFox, will provide the other LGBTQ-affirming perspective.

Presenting on behalf of the university’s viewpoint will be Erica Tan (psychologist, George Fox adjunct faculty member) and Gerry Breshears (pastor and professor, Western Seminary). The official GFU statement on OneGeorgeFox and LGBTQ issues can be found at

OneGeorgeFox is extremely grateful to GFU for this opportunity to have a genuine dialogue on campus concerning faith and sexuality. This is a historic opportunity and we urge members of OneGeorgeFox to show their support for current LGBTQ students by attending this event.

If you have any questions or would be interested in meeting up after the event for an informal OneGeorgeFox get together, please email us at See you November 7!

Paul Southwick

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