Does God speak? In the silence of the wilderness, in the shattering noise of a city street? What does it mean to wrestle with gender, and not accept the standard of just being gay? What does it mean to speak about that journey, accepting others, yet still be true to your own self?
This is my journey out of silence, out of the shadows of others, not afraid of my own voice, rather, listening to my Rabbi speak my name, giving me strength.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
...out of business...so the Church can do it's JOB!
More reflections on this in the days to come! Blessings, Kenny
Copied from the Exodus International website: JUNE 19, 2013 BY EXODUS INTERNATIONAL Exodus International to Shut Down
Thirty-seven-year-old ministry for those with same-sex attraction marks its last national conference
Irvine, Calif. (June 19, 2013) — Exodus International, the oldest and
largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality
announced tonight that it’s closing its doors after three-plus decades
of ministry. The Board of Directors reached a decision after a year of
dialogue and prayer about the organization’s place in a changing
“We’re not negating the ways God used Exodus to
positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of
Christians is looking for change – and they want to be heard,” Tony
Moore, Board member of Exodus. The message came less than a day after
Exodus released a statement apologizing (www.exodusinternational.org/apology) to the gay community for years of undue judgment by the organization and the Christian Church as a whole.
“Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but
we’ve ceased to be a living, breathing organism,” said Alan Chambers,
President of Exodus. “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a
worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor
Chambers continued: “From a Judeo-Christian
perspective, gay, straight or otherwise, we’re all prodigal sons and
daughters. Exodus International is the prodigal’s older brother, trying
to impose its will on God’s promises, and make judgments on who’s worthy
of His Kingdom. God is calling us to be the Father – to welcome
everyone, to love unhindered.”
For these reasons, the Board of
Directors unanimously voted to close Exodus International and begin a
separate ministry. “This is a new season of ministry, to a new
generation,” said Chambers. “Our goals are to reduce fear
(reducefear.org), and come alongside churches to become safe, welcoming,
and mutually transforming communities.”
Local affiliated ministries, which have always been autonomous, will continue, but not under the name or umbrella of Exodus.