Gay Christian Network - Wikipedia
Guided by the light and love of Christ, Q Christian Fellowship is transforming the Divine through hosting conferences, online group dialogue and affinity group . The couple talked online for a few months before deciding to meet at a West Coast gathering of the Gay Christian Network. The organization. George Barna, a conservative Christian author and Candace Chellew-Hodge, liberal Christian lesbian founder of online magazine Whosoever, responded to the findings: The interdenominational Gay Christian Christian Movement; specifically aimed to meet.
How can we alter our perspectives and be known for what we are for, instead of what we are against? Episode Post-Election Reflections: Michael Wear How should Christians relate to politics in a divisive and polarized time?
As Americans grapple with the results of the most recent midterm election, Gabe Lyons sits down with Michael Wear to discuss the answer to this question.
Michael served as one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history and directed faith outreach for President Obama? He also authored the book? Together, Michael and Gabe discuss the most significant midterm results, the effects of political polarization and partisan identity, and what it means for American believers to live out a faithful witness in the political sphere.
Episode An Antidote to Gun Violence: Judge Sheila Calloway How can we help our youth in a violent age? With the prevalence of shooting in our schools, a culture of violence is seemingly becoming the culture of the norm in the lives of our children. Through Judge Sheila Calloway's experience within the Nashville Court System, she invites us to consider how we offer hope and solutions to young people seeking a lifeline in an era of conflict.
Episode Overcoming Our Greatest Affliction: Andy Crouch What is countercultural living in a transactional world? We are the most powerful generation in history, but also the loneliest, most anxious, and most depressed. Andy Crouch, author and partner at Praxis, reminds us what we have to offer in this unique moment. Episode Finding Beauty: Trina McNeilly How can God make His home in a heart that is lacking beauty by rage, jealousy, or pain? In this talk, Trina talks about how God came upon her trials and showed her how He intended her life to be whole with an eternal beauty.
We must learn to behold the goodness of God and strive to always remember that beauty is still present in the midst of pain. Episode The Burden Is Light: Jon Tyson Where will we allow Jesus to lighten our load? Following the way of Jesus in contemporary culture is challenging? In this talk and subsequent interview, pastor and author Jon Tyson offers insight into how we can allow Jesus to shoulder this burden for us, and how that empowers us to more freely and fully seek God?
Gay and Christian - what its like to be Gay and a Christian
Episode Kingdom Virtues: The Kingdom of God enables people to live their fullest life within God? Tony will help us think through what it means to be Kingdom-oriented in our thinking, actions, and faith to bring the rule of God?
Episode Truth in Jest: Tony Hale What does comedy teach us about ourselves? Using humor to convey truth is as timeless as the medium of comedy. Used to solicit laughter, encourage relaxation, and relieve stress, comedy also has the unique ability to tell deeper truths in a way that? Episode Creating Culture: Michael Chitwood What do we do when we feel helpless?
As Andy Crouch says, we only? For decades, the problem of starving children in third world countries has been known to many, but most have never felt a tangible way to engage. Michael Chitwood, the founder of Team World Vision the fastest-growing charity endurance program in the U. S decided to do something about it. He shares his story of using his own story and pain to show up in the lives of others. Episode Leading Together: It can be hard for husbands and wives to work together in a way that is respectful and beneficial.
As married co-pastors working together, Alex and Henry Seely model what it looks like to submit to one another in a relationship that shares a similar calling. Whether you work with your spouse or not, their stories and real-life experiences provide encouragement for couples who feel compelled to journey together in advancing good. Episode An Unlikely Friendship: When probation officer Tiffany Whittier was assigned to self-avowed white supremacist Michael Kent, an unlikely friendship developed, eventually leading Michael away from a life of racism.
Tiffany and Michael will talk about building relationships in unexpected places and finding safe spaces to grow while standing firm in our convictions. Episode Post-Truth Trends: David Kinnaman How is distrust eroding the sacred? In what Barna calls? Americans find it harder to trust authorities for guidance, including God. But in a society plagued by skepticism,? David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, details these trends, offers hope in the midst of uncertainty, and explains how Christians can provide a hopeful presence for a culture that is floundering.
Episode From Shame to Purity: In a world overwhelmingly obsessed with it, why is the church so silent about it? While our secular culture twists, perverts, cheapens, and idolizes sex, there are gaping holes in the church?
The result is generations of sexually illiterate people drowning in the repercussions of overwhelming sin struggles. With raw vulnerability and a bold spirit, Mo Isom shares her own sexual testimony, opening up the conversation about misguided rule-following, virginity, temptation, porn, promiscuity, false sex-pectations, sex in marriage, and more and calling readers back to God?
Episode Building Bridges: In society, racism is more prevalent than ever, engendering doubts, fears, suspicions, and even hostility about the? LaTasha Morrison leads an organization dedicated to building bridges that span racial, experiential, and socio-economic divides. Her stories provide a framework through which we can engage others in a way that leads to reconciliation, peace, and mutual benefit to one another. Episode From The Broken Place: Bianca Olthoff Does God form us in all circumstances?
Many of us who have experienced painful challenges know that God can find us in any place and any moment of our lives. Bianca Olthoff knows the depth of this truth firsthand. Working and worshipping with incarcerated women, Bianca speaks about creating church in prison and witnessing the power of God to forgive and bring new life. Episode Understanding Our Cultural Moment: Greg Thompson Understanding our current cultural climate may feel like an impossible quest.
Yet as Christians, we are called to be the ones who understand the times and know how to lead and offer hope. How can we make sense of the confusion and think soundly about the chaos?
Greg Thompson, with a Ph. D in Theology, Ethics and Culture and as director of Thriving Cities, helps us find clarity and perspective so we are equipped to help others make sense of our unique cultural moment.
A biblical perspective on being Christian and gay
Episode Mapping Environmental Injustice: Rusty Pritchard Maps show how the poor disproportionately live in some of the worst environmental places. Resource economist and Tearfund advisor Rusty Pritchard helps us focus our understanding of place and space toward an awareness of the geography in which we live. He helps us understand how past decisions have created unjust environments for under-resourced people groups, and our opportunity to change this reality.
What responsibilities do we have to ensure safe, healthy environments? Episode Patient Pluralism: David Coleman How do we navigate ideological diversity? Existing in an ideologically-diverse culture can be challenging, and often leads to individuals retreating behind their battle lines.
David Coleman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The College Board, believes that institutional diversity, civil disagreement, and patience with others whose beliefs differ from yours creates the best learning environments.
Episode Healing Cities: Rob and Chris will share their story of responding to local need. Krish Kandiah What is possible when we risk in relationship? Krish Kandiah is the author of God is Stranger and the founding director of Home for Good, a charity seeking to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Believing we meet God when we welcome the stranger, Krish shares how an unscripted life helps us experience and trust God more fully.
Episode Calling Versus Narcissism: Jo Saxton The way we think about our life's work has the potential to advance good or to become self-referential. If we focus on understanding God's purposes and where we can join His work in the world, the results will be very different from self-focused individualism.Being Black in America, GAY Relationships, Christian Dating: 100% Honest Q&A
Jo Saxton looks at the thin line between calling and narcissism offering Christians a way of viewing calling through the eyes of God. Episode The Courage To Lead: Lisa Bevere How can the church be bold, yet beautiful? On the heels of the metoo movement came churchtoo? Lisa Bevere shares how the New Testament shows people of different genders working together for the good of all.
What It Is Like To Be Celibate, Christian, and Gay
Episode Disappointing Relationships: Lysa Terkeurst We live in a world of broken relationships. Episode Gentrification of Christianity: The Catholic Church expects celibacy of its members, claiming an intrinsically disordered sexuality is beyond redemption in the form of a romantic relationship.
After years of celibacy I told people from my church that I was in the I date boys camp — something explicitly forbidden — and most people seemed to just move on.
It was a sentiment I held on to with everything I had. If they could make it real, gripping onto both these principles at the same time, that meant I might have a chance in my church. Of course I had many others who told me they never agreed with our church to begin with, and their joy at knowing what was going on at the heart level of my life was like a cool salve. But it was those who represented disapproval mixed with steadfast friendship I was desperate not to lose.
My home in North Texas is a land of churches. Some are small, ethnic, strip-mall pop-ups. But most grew with the exploding population and found themselves with a congregation exponentially greater than their foundation. With membership in the thousands, the evangelical churches began developing community groups — essentially small groups that would meet outside of the Sunday service, grouped by stage in life to provide support and accountability. Church is more than getting talked at, and nobody should get lost in the masses, they reasoned.
You have to be known by those who are capable of knowing you best to become who God wants you to be. Quickly, other denominations like my Catholic one caught on and began implementing this emphasis on community being your pew companions whose life looks like yours. Older married couples, etc. No one came down and said you had to hang out with this or that group exclusively, but if that was your surest path to holiness, most people I knew saw their emphasis shift that way.
Add in a burgeoning career and toddlers and a new house and all the things life starts giving you in your late twenties and thirties and pretty soon making time for your community group is about the only thing outside of your immediate family you have time, let alone emotional energy for.
Their evenings filled up. They stopped responding to my texts. I became just another person in the pew they enjoyed shaking hands with on Sunday. Churches who ask celibacy of their gay members take on the assumption that while it might be difficult, with God, a celibate life is at least possible. Well, a couple reasons. A priest — or a sister for that matter — gets to choose to be celibate. If they do say their vows, they either join a religious community of deep fellowship or are the pastor and instantly become the most popular, cared for person in the entire church.
And they seem happy! I shake my head so hard I get whiplash at this point because while I would never say it, I am always thinking — if you only knew how many closeted gay men from my home church have hit on me on dating apps or reached out to me to say they are happy for me and ask for advice. After college I got a job teaching at a local Catholic high school. It was the first time I was trying to live out a celibate life alone, and right at the age most Texans start pairing off like exotic birds on a BBC documentary.
Every mom in the church seemed to know of the perfect girl. I was young, good-looking enough, and I even used to be a seminarian.
Girls would openly admit to being on the lookout for former seminarians like we were a forbidden fruit put back on the menu. I considered confiding in friends about being gay, but thought better. It was a small enough community that word would inevitably get back to the school where I worked. I would see news reports about a choir director or an English teacher shown the door after Catholic administrators found out about a boyfriend or students discovered a hidden detail somehow.
People from my church would casually share the story on Facebook with a warning about the creeping lack of religious freedom if anyone wanted the teacher reinstated. But what kept me closeted even more than a fear of getting fired was a fear of losing my community as well.
Texas has its progressive pockets, but they felt lifetimes away from my town. At least like this I had a happy life on the surface. I was in my early twenties so there were plenty to attend, but I always knew they would be followed by a depressive funk.
Most of my friends were involved in church, so they had been marinating for years in the knowledge that this was a divine act. Not just a decision, but a vocation. The priest would preach on the heroic and beautiful sacrifice the spouses were making.
They would be open to kids. They would live for each other. They would be the very foundation of humanity. I sat through those weddings wondering why I was so unsuited for all those things. What kind of person I must be to be incapable of such love. As one wedding ended, when we all bowed our heads to pray, I closed my eyes and imagined what it would be like to be standing in front of the altar myself.
My friends and family would all laugh because the priest was telling us to do something but we were too caught up to notice. I remember staying seated as my friends walked down the aisle, my head in my hands and tears streaming down my cheeks. What I sensed imagining my own wedding was not relief.
It was the first time I had ever actually allowed myself to picture it happening to me, and it felt like the dirtiest thing I had ever done. There was a lake nearby I would drive to when feeling depressed. How could I be so well-liked on the surface and reviled underneath? I loved my job and accepted that I would have to be single for life, but loneliness would gnaw away at me at night until I began to realize I would not be able to keep up this path for much longer.
A priest once told me that gay couples were much more violent than straight couples, that they had much higher occurrences of domestic abuse. But he seemed quite pleased to have discovered this fact. If gay relationships are inherently wrong, then there must be something wrong about them.
Christians can get pretty abstract when talking about this stuff. You start floating in a sea of terms like procreative and unitive and telos. What I do know is that listening to this priest I looked up to telling me about this violence I had curled up inside me like a dragon sleeping in a cave awaiting anyone foolish enough to say they loved me felt like I was being hollowed out.
I imagined myself cooking a meal as my partner came home, turning and punching him in the face while Tony Bennett crooned in the background because he forgot to pick up milk on the way home.