Jonathan Merritt Discusses Sexuality and Vulnerability in New Book

On Sunday in a blog post at Religion News Service, Jonathan Merritt summarized some personal reflections on his sexuality which are detailed in his new book Jesus is Better Than You Imagined. Merritt, also the author of A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars which I endorsed. In that book, Merritt raises good questions and frequently illustrates the damage done to the Gospel and to people by culture war battles over social issues. In this blog post and his new book, he … [Read more...]

Association of Christian Counsellors (UK) Statement Prohibiting Reparative Therapy

Monday, the UK Guardian reported that the Association of Christian Counsellors* prohibited reparative therapy for their members.  The statement backing up this action sounds very much like the sexual identity therapy framework. Here is the AAC statement in full: An ACC statement to its members January 2014 In December 2012, ACC made a statement to its members supporting and clarifying our ethical framework. The Board has continued to discuss and reflect on the area specifically relating … [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...]

International Healing Foundation Announces The End Of Homosexuality

Really. Just look. Announcing THE END OF HOMOSEXUALITY Want to Know How? Greetings, Want to be part of an exciting revolution? Want to end homosexuality and prevent bullying? Want to protect your children and grandchildren? Everyday our kids are being inundated with false information about homosexuality-born that way and cannot change. This is both scientifically and scripturally untrue. We at IHF have developed solutions to end homosexuality: 1. Coming Out Straight: a plan to … [Read more...]

Nick Cummings USA Today Article on Reorientation Therapy

A couple of readers asked me to comment on Nick Cummings USA Today column on reorientation therapy. With some caution, I think it would be good to do so. First I want to say that I have always liked and admired Nick. His work in managed behavioral health care was pioneering. In the 1980s, Nick promoted the idea that excellent clinical services could save businesses a lot of money and actually expand access to therapy. He was correct and helped create modern managed behavioral healthcare, … [Read more...]

Headlines from Parallel Ex-Gay Universes

Two headlines from my email inbox: Ex-Gay Movement, Alive, Strong, & Moving Forward! Organizers Cancel 'Ex-Gay Pride Month' Citing Vague 'Security Threats' The first comes from the Illinois Family Institute and Linda Jernigan who puts on a brave front and offers her book for sale. The second comes from The Advocate and describes the cancellation of ex-gay pride month (or now "ex-gay half-month"). From one point of view, things look rosy; from another, things are comically … [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 Down Thirty-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 … [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...]