Ashland University Faith and Society Lecture to Feature Dr. Mark Yarhouse

Ashland University Faith and Society Lecture to Feature Dr. Mark Yarhouse

8/14/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s annual Faith and Society Lecture this year will feature Dr. Mark Yarhouse, a psychologist from Regent University. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, in Hugo Young Theatre located in the Center for the Arts on the AU campus.

Yarhouse will speak on the topic of “Listening to Sexual Minorities: A Study of Faith and Sexuality on Christian College Campuses.” Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed chair and professor of Psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., where he is a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

Yarhouse has spent several years promoting dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. In 2000, he chaired a groundbreaking symposium at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention that brought together gay psychologists and Christian psychologists to discuss common ground in treatment options for those who experience sexual and religious identity conflicts. He has facilitated or participated in many such dialogues throughout his career.

Yarhouse is the past recipient of the Gary R. Collins Award for Excellence in Christian Counseling and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence at Regent University. He was a past participant with the Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank in Washington, D.C., and he was named senior fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to conduct a study of students navigating sexual identity concerns at Christian colleges and universities.

He has been a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections under the Department of Justice to address issues facing sexual minorities in corrections, and he was part of a consensus panel from the American Psychological Association on sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts that convened to provide input to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Washington, D.C.

Yarhouse currently serves as chair of the task force on LGBT issues for Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association. He was recently invited to write the featured white paper on sexual identity for the Christ on Campus Initiative edited by Don A. Carson for The Gospel Coalition.

He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is author or co-author of several books, including Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends; Understanding Sexual Identity: A Resource for Youth Ministers; and Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture. His most recent book is titled Listening to Sexual Minorities: A Study of Faith and Sexual Identity on Christian College Campuses.

This is the fifth lecture in the Faith and Society Lecture Series, which is designed to give AU students the ability to hear experts discuss critical topics of faith and its implications in contemporary society. The Hilda Bretzlaff Foundation is the lead sponsor for this year.

“The Faith and Society Lecture Series is intended as open and welcoming public forums where members of the Ashland University community can hear nationally known speakers reflect on how Christian faith intersects with different dimensions of society,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “We believe this lecture series fulfills part of our objectives for helping students understand how faith and moral behaviors can bring potential solutions to many difficult issues.

“Our hope is these lectures will demonstrate the relevance and truth of the Christian faith as well as generate a thoughtful response in our students, faculty, staff and community,” he added.

Those with questions can contact Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor of philosophy, at mhamilto@ashland.edu or 419.606.0197.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###