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02-22-2009, 04:39 PM
Hey there, I'm Sarah. I'm currently a grad student in Wisconsin, but did my undergrad work in California at a school where I was forced to be in the closet. I'm interested in finding other Christian college alums out there and talking about our experiences and what we can do now that we've graduated.
02-24-2009, 07:20 PM
(HI SARAH!)...I didn't necessariy go to a Christian college but I was involved in Christian ministries on my campus during my undergrad. I was even President of the campus Gospel Choir. I'm still a member of the Christian sorority (although I'm inactive for reasons other than my sexuality)...I'm sort of biding my time with them to see if things really have changed like I hear they have. They can be a fairly judgmental, inerrant Bible group God love em. But I've heard they've "changed" so we'll see. Anyway, even though my university wasn't a "Christian" university it was located on the edge of the bible belt in Central Missouri so there was a church, chinese restaurant and car dealership on every other corner...and needless to say a plethora of religious organizations one could be involved in on campus; everything from the Baptist Student Union to a Muslim organization.
In regards to what gay Christians can do...to me just being a presence is simple enough. Let me clairfy, being a non-violent, peaceful, intelligent, approachable, loving presence is simple enough. I believe in every Christian organization whether on a Christian campus or not, there is at least 1 gay or lesbian in the crowd crying out for love and acceptance. Are we going to change most people's minds? Probably not although it is something to continually hope for. Perhaps gay and lesbian Christians on college campuses - although this may work slightly better on non-religious campuses - could organize and create a student organization for gay christians to meet, hang out, talk, etc. Will we change hearts and minds overnight? No. Can we and should we keep loving and striving to do so? Yes.
02-26-2009, 09:04 PM
Hi Sarah and welcome to the forum. I graduated from a Christian college in 2008. I discovered that I was transgender in 2005. I didn't disclose this but knew one student who was gay and another who was transgender. I don't know if it's changed but maybe some day. You have some great ideas and there is a great need for gay Christian groups.
02-27-2009, 08:01 AM
I wish you all of the luck in the world in connecting with students who were/are in your position. Soulforce would seem to be a good starting place, as we certainly do a lot of outreach.
If you are a student at UW Madison, you already know that almost no one of any consequence there will admit to be anti-gay. I spent most of my undergrad years there. I don't know about the other branches.
At the U of Minn., where I graduated, we had an openly gay student body president, Jack Baker, 20 some years back.
In our own way, this forum is such a meeting place. Often, we have students, and other young people who come here who are pretty much at the end of their rope. Just read your way down the page of those under "Hi, my name is......
Again, good luck.
Namaste', Bruce Chris
03-22-2009, 05:07 PM
Welcome Sarah, glad to have you here. :wave:
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