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...]

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 & Gays The 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...]

Desert Stream Ministries Outlines Differences with Exodus

In an email this morning, Andy Comiskey delineates the differences between Desert Stream Ministries and Exodus.  They are: A different view of the consequences of sexual sin. Whereas Exodus believes that practicing 'gay' Christians may well inherit the Kingdom of heaven, we beg to differ. We believe that Christ followers must reckon with homosexual behavior as a serious betrayal of their humanity and spirituality, and repent of it in order to be assured of salvation. A different … [Read more...]

A Look Inside the Restored Hope Network

In the Spring, a group of ministries once affiliated with Exodus International broke away and formed the Restored Hope Network. The first conference of the network will be held September 21-22 in Sacramento, CA. At that conference, the current group of leaders will more formally organize into an Exodus-like entity. Recently, the group released more information about they will conduct business.  In many ways, the RHN sounds like Exodus. What is RHN’s mission statement? Restored Hope is a … [Read more...]

Porn in the Strangest Places: Reparative Therapy and Pornography

There has been some debate in recent days about whether or not reparative therapists use pornography as a therapeutic tool. Recently, Alan Chambers stated that reparative therapists use porn as a part of the change process. This practice is one of the reasons Exodus no longer recommends reparative therapy. One other large reason relates to the unrealistic hope it generates for total change. I will take that up in a future post. For his part, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi denied Chambers claims. In … [Read more...]

NPR Segment on Changes at Exodus International

A segment on changes at Exodus is coming up on NPR sometime between 4:30 and 4:45pm. It should repeat again between 6:30-6:45pm. I have a few lines but I am not sure who else is in on it. Listen, learn and comment. The audio will be posted at 7pm, but the transcript is here. Rob Gagnon has emerged as a vocal opponent of Exodus. I am baffled by his approach, which seems to make grace conditional on one's behavior or attitude. I intend to write more about this next week. Gagnon says … [Read more...]

Exodus issues additional statement regarding criminalization and Dennis Jernigan in Jamaica

Been traveling so this is just now going up: Exodus International Releases New Policy Statement On the Criminalization of Homosexuality Ministry responds to Christian Music Artist and Exodus Board Member, Dennis Jernigan’s Remarks in Kingston, Jamaica Orlando, Fla—Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with homosexuality, released a new policy statement on the criminalization of homosexuality. While the ministry has long held this perspective, they … [Read more...]