I am blessed to be able to speak at quite a few college campuses (Christian and non-Christian), and I love it because you never know what’s going to happen! A few times a year I also have the opportunity to speak at Moody Theological Seminary. Each year during one of those times I bring with me a group of GLBT people from all different places within their journey of faith and sexuality to share their story of how their faith and sexuality have impacted their lives. This year I had two former Moody students share their lives publicly to the one place they felt they could never tell. It was a very intense night to say the least.
This video is of Jess, who asked me to record her talk and post it as it is part of her healing process with her experiences in a conservative Christian world where she felt no support or love. The Marin Foundation is part of that support and love now as we’re trying to sprint towards the places that so many others like us sprint from.
Background: This evening at Moody Theological Seminary was part of the work done by The Marin Foundation’s Living in the Tension Gatherings. Jess, along with all of the other speakers, volunteered because they know the power that comes with Moody training the next generation of conservative pastors. As a straight conservative Christian myself, it is so important for me to try to expose other straight conservative Christians to real life stuff because it’s so easy for many to get trapped in their own little Christian bubble! The response to the exposure I bring isn’t always pleasant, but something that I faithfully know needs to be done. I would also like to acknowledge Moody Theological Seminary for stepping out and understanding the importance of knowing how to peacefully and productively build bridges with the GLBT community.