Originally Posted by awediot
hi John...it is nice to meet you... I'm 44, a strangely conservative, comfortably heretical Christian since I can remember, who happens to be gay...
~I've got a squirming can of worms I'm feeling compelled to open about and on this forum. It is clearly not a Christ centered site or discussion board (not that there's anything wrong with that)... I thought it was when I first came here, but found it to be more ecumenical, "Spiritual but not religious" and deeply entrenched in "New Age", polytheistic thought and hopes... (I could and will go on at some point...)
Not to steal away the dwindling membership (like, where is everybody?), but you may really enjoy GCN - The gay Christian network
site and forum. It is much more geared toward the unique issues surrounding homosexuality and Christianity, and is not so much politically/activist motivated, as theologically and philosophically. (it is also much larger and more active) (I'm "Gamel" over there...and my real name is Dean)
~I'm happy to have met you, and even though a straight, 70 year old man can't really "get" the whole queer experience, your obvious empathy, open mindedness and under-appreciated wisdom will more than make up for the flaw of your heterosexuality
I agree in principle, but have some block on petitioning for prayer chains and the like... Prayer is a very interesting topic in general... maybe a new thread on it specifically...
See ya around, and thanks for the
... AND mutual perspective... hope to see ya at GCN.
Here are a few links you might want to explore. They involve Evangelicals Concerned Western Region (ECWR) and Evangelicals Concerned, Inc. If you've said where you live, I've lost track of that. ECWR has meetings in a few places on the west coast:
There are currently groups meeting in Seattle, San Diego, Denver, and San Francisco-East Bay, and Pasadena. Once a year there is a general summer gathering; the 2009 Connection is in July:
The original, parent organization in in New York:
EC in New York City conducts a weekly Bible study each Friday evening from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
They have a spring gathering. The one for 2009 took place in May.
If you do nothing else, open the home pages and look at the newsletters, etc. I think you could find like-minded people in this community. There is a forum, but it appears to have too small a quorum to be dynamic.
If it is in reach, you might consider showing up for one of the Connection gatherings. I still treasure the experience I had at the one in Tacoma in 1999. It worked for me, the flaw of my heterosexuality notwithstanding. Remember, I didn't chose it, it was a gift from God, just like your homosexuality. The Holy Spirit was present in a tangible way the whole time, but was overwhelmingly present at the chapel/communion service on Sunday morning.
God bless your walk with Him,