TWU’s Gender Studies Institute engages church and cultural dialogue, hosts upcoming panel discussion 

The Gender Studies Institute at TWU fosters interdisciplinary teaching, intellectual dialogue, research, and collaboration in all areas of gender studies. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, the institute encourages students and scholars to investigate gender issues that come out of every discipline. By exploring how categories such as class, race, and gender intersect, the institute seeks to train leaders who will enjoy and foster restorative gendered relationships.

This fall, the Gender Studies Institute hosts its first in-person event after a season of online learning: the long-running Gender Café events resume this week on Oct. 13. Featuring a discussion on an article in Christianity Today, “Sex Scandals and the Evangelical Mind” by Bronwyn Lea, the Oct. 13 Gender Café engages the author’s inquiry of “the possibility of healthy brother-sister relationships in the church.” Panelists include TWU faculty members Dr. Robynne Healey, Dr. Holly Faith Nelson, and Dr. Katie Steeves.

In her article, Lea expresses, "I’m concerned that when stories of scandal ring in our ears and wring out our hearts, our vision for what the community of faith could and should look like becomes stunted and malformed by fear. I’m concerned that we despair, withdraw, and give up because our fear of getting it wrong overrules the command to love the brother and sister right next to us."

She offers a thought-provoking question, "How, then, can we cultivate communities with healthy male-female relationships?"

Gender Studies Institute hosts Gender Café

Date & Time:        Thursday, October 13, 2022, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

Location:              Graduate Collegium, Fosmark Building, TWU Langley campus

Topic:                   “Sex Scandals and the Evangelical Mind” (Sep. 6 article in Christianity Today)

Panelists:              Robynne Healey, Ph.D. Holly Faith Nelson, Ph.D., and Katie Steeves, Ph.D.

About Gender Studies at TWU

Offered through the Gender Studies Institute, a multi-disciplinary minor in gender studies provides students with several courses, ranging from feminist philosophy to engendered history. Learn more at Gender Studies at TWU.

About Trinity Western University

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is Canada’s premier global Christian liberal arts university. We are dedicated to equipping students to discover meaningful connections between career, life, and the needs of the world. Drawing upon the riches of the Christian tradition, seeking to unite faith and reason through teaching and scholarship, Trinity Western University is a degree-granting research institution offering liberal arts and sciences as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media, and culture. It has four locations in Canada: Langley, Richmond-Lansdowne, Richmond-Minoru, and Ottawa. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @TrinityWestern, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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