Southern Baptist Seminary Leaders Reject Reparative Therapy

Let me just say that I opposed reparative therapy before it was cool to oppose it.Yesterday, Al Mohler and others articulated their position against reparative therapy, also known as sexual orientation change efforts.Atlantic has an article on Alan Chambers' new book and chronicles the demise of the ex-gay movement from Alan's point of view.Essentially, Mohler and colleagues believe changing orientation is not the Christian goal. Rather, avoidance of same-sex sexual relations is the … [Read more...]

From Change to Congruence: Evergreen International to Merge with North Star International

Box Turtle Bulletin points out today that Latter Day Saint ex-gay group Evergreen International is merging with North Star International, a group less focused on change of orientation and more geared to living in alignment with LDS teaching. This is a significant development in that North Star has not supported reparative therapy or efforts to change orientation. The merger will not change that approach, according to a statement on the North Star website: Recognizing the uniqueness of … [Read more...]

The Closing of Exodus International: Open Forum

Through the weekend, I am going to post reaction to the closing of Exodus International in this space. Consider it an open forum to discuss the closing, the new ministry, positive and negative reactions, etc. Feel free to post links to articles on the topic.I am going to start things off with a video of Anderson Cooper discussing Exodus with Lisa Ling.I was unable to watch the Lisa Ling special on OWN last night but those who did can weigh in. For those who didn't see it, … [Read more...]

Alan Chambers: Reparative therapy one factor in downfall of Exodus International

In 2003, I spoke at the annual conference of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) on public opinion and homosexuality. In that talk, I noted that favorable shifts in attitudes toward gays were associated with having a gay person as a friend or family member. I added that increased public support for gays would mean that more people would develop friendships with gays, thus building up a momentum for public acceptance of gays and bisexuals. Seeking to make … [Read more...]

Exodus International to Shut Down and Start Over

The news is coming fast and furious today.On their blog, Exodus International announced that the organization will be shut down with a new organization to follow. Here is the press release:Exodus International to Shut DownThirty-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 clos … [Read more...]

Alan Chambers Apologizes to the LGBTQ Community

Alan Chambers is a guy in process.In January, 2012, Chambers made news by acknowledging the rarity of sexual reorientation ("99.9% of them haven't experienced change"). Since then, he and Exodus International have removed themselves from the reparative therapy world entirely. Today, on the eve of what promises to be a riveting television appearance on the Oprah Network, Chambers has issued a written apology to the LGBTQ community.Please do go read the whole article, but let me pull out … [Read more...]

Exodus International Withdraws from Exodus Global Alliance

From the Exodus blog:Exodus International Withdraws from Exodus Global AllianceThe Exodus International Board of Directors officially voted to withdraw from the Exodus Global Alliance (EGA) May 28, 2013 after 18 years of membership.  Exodus International was a founding member of EGA in 1995.  This change in relationship releases both ministries to serve the Lord, the Church and their constituents in ways that honor their respective calling.EGA is the worldwide coalition of “Exodus” mi … [Read more...]

Preview: Lisa Ling’s God and Gays to Feature Alan Chambers, Ex-gay Survivors on June 20

We don't get this network but I hope to find a way to see this program. It airs Thursday, June 20 at 10pm eastern time. Below is a preview.Sneak Peak: Lisa Ling's Special Report - God & GaysThe story of Exodus International, the LGBT men and women who have been affected by the organization and the nationwide dialogue that surrounds this topic continues in an Our America special report.For almost 40 years, Exodus International claimed to offer a "cure" for … [Read more...]