Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

An Interesting Conference About Sexuality



Meet The Presenters


    Dr. Monica Coleman              Dr. James Alison                      Elaine Padilla

Dr. Monica Coleman is an author and renowned leader in process theology and liberation theologies. She educates, cultivates, and empowers people of faith and purpose throughout the U.S. and internationally to connect their beliefs with both their personal experiences and social action. Coleman speaks on many of the issues that religious leaders avoid: sexual and domestic violence, mental health, postmodernism, and religious diversity. Learn more about Monica at
Dr. James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest and author. His principal claim to fame is as one who has done much to bring the work of French thinker, René Girard, to a wider public. In addition, he is known for his firm but patient insistence on truthfulness in matters gay as an ordinary part of basic Christianity, and for his pastoral outreach in the same sphere. Learn more about James at
Elaine Padilla is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Latinx/Latin American Studies. Padilla constructively interweaves current philosophical discourse with Christianity and Latino/a religious thought, mysticism, ecology, gender, and race. She is the author of Divine Enjoyment: A Theology of Passion and Exuberance, and co-editor of a three-volume project with Peter C. Phan, Theology and Migration in World. She serves in various steering committees in the American Academy of Religion and she’s a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America. Dr. Padilla’s scholarly work can be found at ResearchGate.

 Linda Kay Klein               Host: Thomas Jay Oord            Host: Jonathan Foster 
Linda Kay Klein is a storyteller for social good best known for her work on purity culture. She provides deconstruction & purity culture recovery coaching for both individuals and groups and is the founder & president of Break Free Together, a nonprofit storytelling organization dedicated to helping people release shame and claim their whole selves. This work was born out of Linda’s 16 years of research for her award-winning book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free. Linda has spoken around the world from the TEDx stage to The Apollo’s Women of the World Festival. Her work has been featured by the New York Times, NPR, CBS, NBC, Elle Magazine, and 150 other outlets. Learn more at
Host: Dr. Thomas Jay Oord is a best-selling author, theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He’s written or edited more than twenty-five books. He directs a doctoral program at Northwind Theological Seminary and the Center for Open and Relational Theology. A twelve-time Faculty Award-winning professor, he teaches around the globe. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation. Learn more about Tom at
Host: Jonathan Foster is an amazon best-selling author of four books, including his most recent which is a collection of short fictional stories influenced by mimetic theory and open and relational theology. The faith community evolving at is where he spends a lot of his time and he’s incredibly proud of what’s happening at When he’s not podcasting, or with his wife or boys, he’s working on his dissertation in open and relational theology. You can find out about all his creative projects by going to


October 7, 2021 - October 8, 2021
7-9PM CST on Zoom