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First Light is a community that encourages sharing concern, struggle, experience and opinion on integrating healthy TLGBQuestioning sexual identity and practice, and sincere faith identity, believing they are compatible and that sexual and spiritual integration is God's will for all. This is an affirming, respectful, mutually caring community, a safe place for TLGBQ people (where T is not an afterthought) in a society that oppresses and denies them the dignity and worth that belong to all God's creation. First Light is a spiritually-grounded counter to the mistaken notion that homophobia is supported, even mandated, by Christian scripture, and that hatred and bigotry are acceptable Christian responses to other human beings. Topics include, very broadly: coming out, TLGBQ-affirming Bible interpretation, personal experience in church and society, current issues and events. Please be non-judgmental and non-argumentative. Supportive or inquiring non-TLGBQ persons are welcome, but condemnation, abuse or attempts to change orientation of others is not. Candid opinion may be expressed but flaming or demeaning others is unacceptable. PLEASE, no sales messages or commercial self-promotion. This is a sanctuary for reflection, an opportunity for conversation and mentorship, a means to develop, test and clarify spiritual understandings, a place to bring wounds and prayer needs. It offers warm welcome and great latitude for nurturing a spiritual dimension, respecting your location on the journey. Private conversation offlist is available. Rooted in the unconditional all-inclusive love of Jesus of Nazareth, First Light exerts no pressure for others to adopt the same path. It is cross-denominational, supra-sectarian, moderated by an M.Div. graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary trained in counseling, theology and pastoral care with 50+ years experience dealing with homophobia in the world and the church. (Individual emails is the recommended delivery option.)
- Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals
- May 16, 1999
- This is a public group.
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