NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 3, 2014—Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has been invited by the Vatican to provide an evangelical Protestant perspective on marriage and family, joining Pope Francis and religious leaders from all over the world.

Moore will join a diverse group of religious leaders Nov. 17-19 in Rome at an international colloquium on the subject of the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage.

“In a day in which marriage is increasingly marginalized and attempts are made to redefine it, I’m honored to present the biblical view that marriage is a picture of Christ and His Church to this diverse group of religious leaders,” Moore said, “Even though we disagree on many things, I hope to speak to God’s design for human flourishing as rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Moore will join pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of The Purpose Driven Life, as the two American evangelical representatives at this Vatican meeting.

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More information about Russell Moore’s decisions can be found on his blog, Moore to the Point.