About The Theme
“TABOO” has to do with things that are forbidden, prohibited or “off-limits” for discussion.
In the past, it was assumed that marriage was between a man and a woman, that young people would seek parental permission and guidance, that they would at least try to wait to have sexual relations until their honeymoon. Frankly, people just didn’t discuss things related to sexuality at all. Fairly tame “birds and bees” talks were those uncomfortable things parents did with their kids when they were well into puberty. These were private matters. And the Church? Well, we talked about these types of things rarely, if ever.
Today, nothing is private any longer, and everything — good, bad or ugly — is out there for all to see. The very nature of marriage is being redefined before our eyes. Our secular progressive culture is taking the lead wherever it can, and secular “sex education” is a staple at public junior highs, if not in elementary schools. In the world’s eyes, nearly everything is becoming permissible, and the media megaphones are everywhere. Gay marriage, polyamory, pornography — you name it — is being pushed early and often. We at our nation’s campuses are on the front lines in a cultural battle in which the world is seeking to redefine marriage and sexuality.
The only thing, it seems, that is taboo anymore is whether or not we as the Church believe we have anything to say about this. But we do! We have been given God’s incredible gift of marriage. It is a gift to be cherished, promoted and defended! Even more, our college students and young adults need to be strengthened as they seek a godly spouse and struggle with these issues on a personal level and with those around them.
Join us for a groundbreaking event as we directly address many of the topics related to marriage, dating and sexuality that every college student is bombarded with on campus. We believe that it is time to stand our ground, to stand for marriage and, yes, to dare to tackle sexuality rather than leaving it to the world to define. We also have been given incredible opportunities to reach out to and care for those who struggle, especially with same-sex attraction.
There will be many speakers and sectional opportunities on a variety of topics that will be announced at a later time, but we are pleased to have the following individuals serving as plenary speakers at TABOO. All three serve on the LCMS God’s Gift of Sexuality Task Force.
The Rev. Tom Eckstein is pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, N.D. He is the author of Bearing Their Burden: Speaking the Truth in Love to People Burdened by Homosexuality. Eckstein is a graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul (1986) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1991), and he serves as the chair of the LCMS God’s Gift of Sexuality Task Force.
The Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer has served as associate professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, since 2000. He is a frequent speaker on various issues related to both marriage and promoting the sanctity of life. He is a graduate of Indiana University (1988), Concordia Theological Seminary (1992) and the University of Notre Dame (1995). He also served as a campus ministry vicar at the University of Oklahoma.
The Rev. Roger Sonnenberg is pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Calif., and first vice-president of the LCMS Pacific Southwest District. He frequently lectures and gives seminars throughout the U.S. on sexuality, marriage and family relations. He also serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors for Family Shield Ministries and has held many popular “Love Fest” conferences for youth and young adults. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, (1971, 1982) and has a master’s degree in psychotherapy from the American Institute of Family Relations in Los Angeles.
Scott Barefoot is a Lutheran lay member from Arlington, Va., who repented and returned to the church after having embraced the homosexual lifestyle for more than a decade. He now writes, speaks and spends a great deal of time helping others who are struggling with homosexuality. A fire protection engineer, he is involved with People of Grace (poglutherans.org), an online support group for Christian men and women who struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction issues and who have friends or family members struggling or embracing the gay lifestyle.
The conference will take place primarily at the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University, with chapel services at St. Francis Xavier College Church. The conference hotel will once again be the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch.
Open now through Nov. 17, 2014. Click here to register.
The basic $190 per-person registration fee includes everything related to the conference program and activities, lunch Jan. 5 and 6, and three nights at the conference hotel Jan. 4–6 (based on quad occupancy). As was the case at UNWRAPPED, tiered rates for those who would prefer other occupancy arrangements are provided on the registration page.
- Individual Commuter within 50 miles: $125
- Individual with Housing (Quad Occupancy, 2 Queens): $190
- Individual Non-Commuter (No Housing Needed): $190
- Individual with Housing (Triple Occupancy, 2 Queens): $280
- Individual with Housing (Double occupancy, 2 Queens or 1 King): $370
- Individual with Housing (Single occupancy, 1 King): $460
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