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Asheville Forum: Alicia Johnston

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Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 3:00pm

Asheville Adventist Forum: Alicia Johnston, MDiv, MA 

Date & Time:

Saturday, July 31, 2021 — 3:00 PM (Eastern)


Please note that this meeting of the Asheville Adventist Forum will be held via Zoom. If you wish to be part of this meeting, please send an email saying so to Connie at by the night of Wednesday, July 28, 2021. She will send you the password and link that you will need to log into the meeting. Please log in a few minutes before starting time. If you have friends who would be interested in this topic and whom you wish to introduce to the Forum chapter, please send their names and email addresses to Connie. It is likely that we will have some people attending from far and wide, which makes Zoom meetings so interesting.


“The Bible & LGBTQ Adventists: A theological conversation about same-sex marriage, gender, and identity.” The speaker will present a case for why Adventists should affirm same-sex marriage and transgender gender identity. She will consider topics such as marriage, creation, and Sabbath; the Levitical law; prohibitions of Paul; and positive reasons for affirmation.

Speaker Biography:

Alicia Johnston holds an MDiv from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary as well as an MA in Clinical Psychology. In 2017, she came out as LGBTQ affirming and as bisexual in a viral video that resulted in her forced resignation as a pastor in the Adventist Church. Her story was featured in several news outlets such as NBC and Religion News. In addition to creating a podcast and blogging on affirming theology, she has also been working on a book explaining affirming theology for Seventh-day Adventists. Her passion is helping Christians see why they can affirm same-sex marriage and support gender transition. She lives in Phoenix, AZ with her wife and their adorable dogs Prescott and Mingus. She enjoys flirting with her wife, camping, hiking, and playing with her niece and nephew.


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