PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
A Progressive View of the Bible
Build the Future
John Arthur Oda, PFLAG National Board, Ordained Clergy Member of the United Methodist Church
Workshop Block 1: Saturday, October 21 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
To be gay, lesbian or transgender and Christian can sometimes seem like an oxymoron. It is not. This workshop will look at the seven passages in the Bible which have spawned much of the homophobia in this country. We will begin to understand why some religious people and their MIS-interpretations of the Bible are dangerous. The workshop is intended for people who wish to learn more about where homophobia was born, it is for Christians, non-Christians, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and Jews, and everyone in between. The goal will be recognize that to be Christian and a member of the LGBT community is not in conflict but in complete alignment.
Rev. John Oda is an Ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church. He holds a Masters of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Divinity from S.F. Theological Seminary. He currently serves on the National Board of PFLAG and the Reconciling Ministries Network Board (a national organization which works for the full inclusion of the LGBT members at all levels of the church). He is also the current Chair of the National Japanese American UMC Caucus, past recipient of the Bishop Mel Talbert Racial Justice Award and the Spirit of Solidarity Award from American Muslim Voice. John is a "second career" minister. Previously he worked in Higher Education and his last non-church gig was as an Executive Director of a California state-wide non-profit. In his spare time he loves to work out, spend time with his 17 year old daughter, read and watch sci-fi movies with spiritual overtones.