Jay Michaelson will be speaking at Congregation Etz Chaim on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 7:30pm. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Jay at a special reception at 6:30pm. Donation $50. Call 954-564-9232 for information. Jay’s reading at 7:30pm is free and all are welcome. His book, God vs. Gay will be available for purchase. Congregation Etz Chaim is located at 1881 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors For more information please call 954-564-9232, or go to www.etzchaimflorida.org.

The myth that the Bible forbids homosexuality — the myth of “God versus Gay” — is behind some of the most divisive and painful conflicts of our day. In this courageous, erudite, and game-changing book, scholar and activist Jay Michaelson shows that not only does the Bible not prohibit same-sex intimacy, the vast majority of its teachings support the full equality and dignity of gay and lesbian people, from the first flaw it finds in creation (“It is not good for a person to be alone”) to the way religious communities grow through reflection and conscience. In short, Michaelson says, religious peo-ple should support equality for gays and lesbians not despite their religion — but because of it.

With close readings of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, the latest data on the science of sexual orientation, and a sympathetic, accessible, and ecumenical approach to religious faith, Michaelson makes the case that sexual diversity is part of the beauty of nature, and that the recognition of same-sex families will strengthen, not threaten, the values religious people hold dear. This is an important book for anyone who has wrestled with questions of religion and homosexuality: parents and pastors, believers and skeptics, advocates of “gay rights” and opponents of them. Whatever your views on reli-gion and sexual diversity, God vs. Gay