Courageous Conversations

Christian Responses to the Cultural Wreckage of Sexuality 

DOXOLOGY Anniversary Conference

Concordia University, Wisconsin

November 17-18, 2023

Presenters: Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, Rev. Dr. Brian T. German, Rev. Matthew E. Wurm, and Dr. Beverly K. Yahnke


Topic:  In a post-Christian world, the intersection of Christian sexuality and contemporary culture requires well-informed and vital discussion. This conference, Courageous Conversations: Christian Responses to the Cultural Wreckage of Sexuality, will examine how Christians can effectively understand, affirm, and lead a life of faithful sexuality in the face of an increasingly hostile, sexual revolution culture. Biblical and Natural Law perspectives will be offered equipping Christians to address modern misconceptions and challenges confidently with colleagues, family, and friends.

Program:  We’ll begin on Friday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m. with Vespers in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant at Concordia University, Wisconsin (CUW). Then Dr. Brian German, Assistant Professor of Theology at CUW, will present through Song of Solomon God’s beautiful design of human sexuality. Renowned author and speaker, Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, will follow by demonstrating through natural law the necessity of male-female marriage and the cultural challenges that face us so that we might be better equipped to speak truth courageously and winsomely in these gray and latter days. We’ll end Friday’s sessions with Evening Prayer giving thanks to God for DOXOLOGY’s 15th Anniversary. After Evening Prayer we’ll travel to the River Club of Mequon for a Gala Dinner celebrating DOXOLOGY’s 15th Anniversary. (The dinner is included in full registration for the conference.)

On Saturday, November 18, we’ll gather at 8:00 a.m. for Matins in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant. Then Dr. Beverly Yahnke, DOXOLOGY’s Executive Director for Christian Counsel, will address what we need to know to respond knowledgeably to assist children who are considering becoming transgender. Pastor Matthew Wurm, a DOXOLOGY Collegium Fellow, will speak from his experience meeting with and providing care to the families of LGBT souls. Dr. Beverly Yahnke will equip attendees with communication and interpersonal insights for engaging in difficult conversations with family, friends, and congregants. We’ll close with prayer for travelers and be on our way by 12:30pm.

Event Schedule: can be found here

Presenter Biographies:  click here

Cost:  Click the “Register” button above to choose from the following offerings.

  • $100 for Adults, includes conference, materials, refreshments, and DOXOLOGY’s Anniversary Gala Dinner.
  • $50 Conference only (includes materials and refreshments) and $50 Anniversary Gala Dinner only tickets are available, as well.
  • $0 for High School, College, and Seminary students, includes conference, materials, and refreshments. $50 Anniversary Gala Dinner tickets can also be purchased, if desired.

Who should attend:  Pastors, church workers, students and all interested laity– everyone! First come first served; register NOW for this timely conference.

Location:  Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, WI 53097  CUW website

Map and directions:  click here

Lodging:  A limited number of rooms has been reserved at the TownePlace Suites Grafton hotel at a discounted $124 rate, November 17-18. Reserve soon at this reservation link. Or you can reserve by calling 262-618-8100 and asking for the DOXOLOGY CUW block. Reservations will be open through November 2nd, unless all rooms are reserved before that date.  

DOXOLOGY’s 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner:  On Friday, after the sessions at CUW, we’ll reconvene at the River Club of Mequon, 2400 N Ville Du Parc Dr, Mequon, WI 53092, for a Gala celebrating DOXOLOGY’s 15th Anniversary. This dinner is included in the registration fee for the conference, or one can register for this gala separately by clicking on the “Register” button above. DOXOLOGY began offering its Classic Program in 2008 and we’re nearing the end of our 15th Anniversary year. This banquet will be a delightful evening of delicious dining in an elegant setting with remembrances of DOXOLOGY’s past and encouragement for its future.

Registration open through Wednesday, November 8th.

Cancellation Policy:  Contact for more information.


Doxology provides a safe environment for clergy to reflect on their own spiritual and emotional health and assists them to review and enhance their professional competencies and skills as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s sacred mysteries.

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