Eugene Cho

faith and gender

Quest Church, the church I serve as lead pastor, is excited to invite you to join us for our Annual Learning Conference on October 10-11.  This year, we host Lauren Winner for a conference entitled, “Faith & Gender.”  Asides from a stimulating and challenging conference, one of our commitments is to make the conference as financially accessible to the larger Seattle and Northwest community.  Registration is ONLY $15 and $10/students but space is limited.  Register now and help spread the word by sharing this entry or the conference site on your blog or website.  Here’s the Facebook event.

Quest has always affirmed women in ministry but it has been a while since we have had a sustained discussion on why that is and how we can take discussion further to issues of what it means to be men and what it means to be women “in Christ” and how we can construct our ideas of gender from a Biblical perspective rather than solely from the messages our culture bombards us with.

On Friday, October 10 [7pm], Lauren will be speaking on Lessons from the Church Mothers and on Saturday, October 11 [11am], her talk will be on Male & Female He Made Them: Gender & the Triune God.   Lauren Winner is the author of Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life and Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity.

Issues of Faith & Gender have been discussed on several occassions here on this blog:


Lauren Winner’s bio from her website:

Lauren F. Winner is the author of three books, Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, and Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today. Winner has degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, and holds a Ph.D. in history. The former book editor for Beliefnet, Lauren teaches at Duke Divinity School, and lives in Durham, North Carolina. Lauren travels extensively to lecture and teach, and during the academic year of 2007-2008, she is a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. (While there, she’s revising her dissertation, which examines household religious practice in eighteenth-century Virginia, for publication.) When she’s home, you can usually find her curled up, on her couch or screen porch, with a good novel

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12 Responses

  1. Jordyne says:

    WOW! I NEED to hear this. I have been really wounded by the church’s response as to what a woman of God is. I have been discouraged from leadership even because of it and Im only in college.

    I am unable to fly out there b/c I live in NC and am in school, CAN YOU FILM OR RECORD THIS so I can listen to it? If at all possible, it would be incredible!

  2. Sue says:

    As you know, I’m no longer in Seattle but seeing this really makes me want to come back for a visit. Thanks again for your commitment to the holistic gospel.

  3. […] conferences there can be in the church.  I know that this will be a legit conference as I know Eugene Cho, Lead Pastor of Quest would never put on a conference for the sake of just doing a […]

  4. It’s nice to know that somewhere in the world they talk about these things!

  5. Randall says:

    Can’t wait. I love Winner’s writing, especially Girl Meets God.

  6. eugenecho says:

    and just fyi, there is going to be a three week “depth class & discussion” on faith and gender leading up to the conference:

    “During this three week depth class we’ll have small group discussion, lectures, and exercises to get us asking questions like: what is the Scriptural basis for Quest’s affirmation of women in ministry? we have the new identity of “brothers and sisters” in the church, but can men and women be friends? what does it mean to be women and what it means to be men “in Christ” and how we can construct our ideas of gender from a Biblical perspective rather than solely from the messages our culture bombards us with?

    The class will be Monday nights from 7-9pm at the Q Cafe on Sep. 22nd, Sep. 29th, and Oct. 6th. If you need a printed reader, there is a fee of $10, otherwise the reader will be provided as a PDF for free.”

  7. gar says:

    So I’m guessing instead of “Faith & Race”, this year will be “Faith & Gender”?

    Very interesting…

  8. eugenecho says:


    faith & race moves to late winter/early spring this time around. we’ll see how that goes…

    u up for leading a group?

  9. Love what you are doing with this! It’s such a huge need in the church these days.

  10. gar says:

    I assume you mean leading a group for Faith & Race? Sure, I’d be interested in leading group for that.

    Sadly, I’m not confident of my knowledge of gender issues & faith…

  11. […] faith and gender « beauty and depravity Lauren Winner is coming to Quest Church to discuss faith and gender. I'm planning to go, or watch the kids so Shannon can go. […]

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