Abilene Christian University is launching Holy Sexuality Week Nov. 6-10, a series cultivating discussion and biblically-guided teachings on relationships and sexuality featuring special guest speakers. The series will bring the campus together for an intentional focus on what the Bible teaches about human sexuality, marriage and relationships.
During the week, all students are encouraged to attend daily Chapel at 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum. Small group chapel programs will be on a hiatus during the series, resuming regular scheduling on Nov. 13. Additional evening sessions will be offered Nov. 7-9 in the Hunter Welcome Center, open to students, faculty, Abilene churches and the general public.
“More than ever before, our culture and our students need a clear understanding of God’s design for our sexuality,” said Dr. Phil Schubert, ACU president. “God’s call that Christians live set apart from the cultural norms of society should permeate every aspect of our lives, and we believe we are called to equip our students with a full perspective of God’s design for relationships and sexuality.”
Schubert and his wife, Brooke, will open the series during Chapel on Monday, focusing on the importance of discussing the Christian sexual ethic and ACU’s commitment to engage this issue with Christian care and compassion.
“ACU recognizes that all people are created in God’s image and invites all students into a community where they can belong, grow and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” Schubert said.
Special guests will join the conversation throughout the week addressing Biblical views of sexuality, cultivating healthy relationships and the impact of today’s culture on the Christian sexual ethic.
Schedule of presentations*:
- Monday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m., Moody Coliseum – “Why talk about healthy relationships and sexuality?” Dr. Phil and Brooke Schubert
- Tuesday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m., Moody Coliseum – Chris Seidman
- Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m., Hunter Welcome Center – Chris Seidman
- Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum – “Effective or Impotent?: The Economy of Sexuality and Spiritual Health,” Mo (Isom) Aiken
- Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Hunter Welcome Center – “Spirit, Soul and Body: Revealing the Roadmap to Sexual Wholeness & Holiness,” Mo (Isom) Aiken
- Thursday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m., Moody Coliseum – “Sexual Identity: False Identity,” Dr. Christopher Yuan
- Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m., Hunter Welcome Center – “Holy Sexuality & the Gospel,” Dr. Christopher Yuan
Chris Seidman (‘92)
Seidman is the lead minister at The Branch Church in Dallas. An alumnus of ACU, Chris has been in full-time ministry since 1992. He has served in churches in Abilene, Fort Worth and Pensacola, Florida. Since December 2000, he’s been the lead minister for The Branch. Chris and his wife, Tara (McNight ’92), met while attending ACU and married in 1992. They have three adult sons. Seidman has authored three books – Little Buddy, Before Stones Become Bread, and Heaven On Earth: Realizing The Good Life Now.
Mo (Isom) Aiken
Aiken is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and teacher of God’s word. Not only an accomplished writer, she was an All-American goalkeeper for the Louisiana State University soccer team, as well as the first female to train with and tryout for an SEC men’s football team. Aiken’s first book, Wreck My Life: Journeying from Broken to Bold, was a New York Times bestseller. Her second book, Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot, transformed the climate of conversations around sex in the body of Christ. And her third book, Fully Known: An Invitation to True Intimacy with God, released to powerful reviews in April of 2021. Mo and her husband, Jeremiah, have four children and live fully mobile on mission for the gospel through 5th Wheel Missions.
Dr. Christopher Yuan
Yuan’s speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He has co-authored with his mother their memoir, Out of a Far Country, which has sold over 130,000 copies and is now in eight languages. His second book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel, was named 2020 Book of the Year for Social Issues by Outreach Magazine, and Yuan has just produced The Holy Sexuality Project, a first-of-its-kind video series to help parents and grandparents empower their teens to understand, embrace and celebrate biblical sexuality. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute and has an M.A. in biblical exegesis from Wheaton College Graduate School and a D.Min. from Bethel Seminary in Minnesota. Yuan is an adjunct instructor of the Bible at Moody Bible Institute.