St. Andrew’s Church and the Ridley Institute created this resource for three reasons:

  • To lay out a biblical framework for understanding what it means to be human.
  • To increase the Church’s compassion toward and awareness of those experiencing same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, so all may be cared for in love and truth.
  • To create space for Christians to learn and talk about these challenging topics together, so that voices may be heard, questions addressed, and the Church encouraged to live faithfully today.

Ridley Institute Courses

The Ridley Institute seeks to strengthen the church for mature Christian faith and discipleship in our secular age.  Because we believe the local church is God’s primary plan for spiritual growth and equipping, we partner with churches and dioceses to train pastors and leaders through online courses and other discipleship resources. These two short courses are presented here with no fee or registration required. Additional theology courses for both lay people and pastors on our available on the Ridley Institute website.

Being Human: Gender, Sexuality, Fulfillment

Lecturers: The Rev’d Dr. John Yates, III, and The Rev’d Dr. Sam Ferguson

This course aims to bring clarity regarding the Scriptural teaching on sexuality and gender, emphasizing how specific passages as well as the overall message of the Bible speak to these matters, and how at the center of this discussion is the fundamental question, “what does it mean to be human?”


Does God Care About Gender Identity?

Lecturer: The Rev’d Dr. Sam Ferguson

The Ridley Institute Podcast

Conversations on Christian faith and discipleship in our secular age. Hosted by the Rev’d Dr. Sam Fornecker.

Gender as Love, with Fellipe do Vale

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What is gender, how does it relate to sex, and what’s love got to do with it? Join Sam Fornecker for a chat with Fellipe do Vale, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Drawing on do Vale’s recent book, Gender as Love: A Theological Account of Human Identity, Embodied Desire, and Our Social Worlds (Baker Academic, 2023), this episode introduces listeners do a deeply theological approach to understanding gender that is both grounded in the biblical story and engaged with the fraught realities of contemporary life.

On Genesis and Gender: A Tale of Two Paradigms with Dr. Abigail Favale

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Join Sam Fornecker and  Abigail Favale, professor at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, as they  discuss the ideas, insights, and stories told in Favale’s recent book,  The Genesis of Gender (Ignatius, 2022). Among other things, Sam and Abigail discuss the shape of an authentically Christian feminism, the advent and meaning of the “gender paradigm,” the gift of sexed personhood, and how Transfiguration meets the deepest desire of our transgender moment.


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