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    Ex-Gay Ministry Shuts Doors After 37 Years Thursday Jun 20, 2013 In a move that shocked both supporters and detractors of Christian reparative therapy, the
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      Ex-Gay Ministry Shuts Doors After 37 Years

      Thursday Jun 20, 2013

       

      In a move that shocked both supporters and detractors of Christian reparative therapy, the Board of Directors of the controversial ex-gay ministry Exodus International announced in a press release Wednesday night that the organization will be shutting down after nearly four decades. This news comes less than one day after Exodus president Alan Chambers issued a public apology to the LGBT community for "years of undue" suffering.

       

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146074

       

       

      Exodus “Ex-Gay” Ministry Closes Up Shop

      By Candace Chellew-Hodge

      Candace Chellew-Hodge is the founder/editor of Whosoever: An Online Magazine for GLBT Christians and currently serves as the pastor of Jubilee! Circle in Columbia, S.C. She is also the author of Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians (Jossey-Bass, 2008)

       

      “I long for the day when a gay or lesbian kid feels like the first place, the best place, to call or go for help is the church,” said Exodus leader Alan Chambers, in his opening remarks at the ex-gay ministry’s 38th annual convention in Irvine, Calif., Wednesday night. 

       

      To the ears of most gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, that sounds like nails on a chalkboard. 

       

      http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/sexandgender/7160/exodus__ex_gay__ministry_closes_up_shop

       

       

      Former Exodus International leader to ‘start a conversation’ with gays hurt by ‘ex-gay’ movement

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      21 June 2013, 9:56pm

       

      The leader of the world’s largest ‘ex-gay’ ministry has said he wishes to “start a conversation” with the gay people who have been hurt over the years, after admitting he has same-sex attractions, and announcing that he is closing down the organisation, earlier this week.

       

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/21/former-exodus-international-leader-to-start-a-conversation-with-gays-hurt-by-ex-gay-movement/

       

       

      US: Head of gay ‘cure’ ministry says sorry for causing ‘pain and hurt’

      by Scott Roberts
      20 June 2013, 1:44pm

       

      A US faith-based organisation notorious for its gay conversion therapy crusade has apologised to the LGBT community for the “pain and hurt” it has caused.

       

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/20/us-head-of-gay-cure-ministry-says-sorry-for-causing-pain-and-hurt/

       

       

      Former Exodus International leader to ‘start a conversation’ with gays hurt by ‘ex-gay’ movement

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      21 June 2013, 9:56pm

       

      The leader of the world’s largest ‘ex-gay’ ministry has said he wishes to “start a conversation” with the gay people who have been hurt over the years, after admitting he has same-sex attractions, and announcing that he is closing down the organisation, earlier this week.

       

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/21/former-exodus-international-leader-to-start-a-conversation-with-gays-hurt-by-ex-gay-movement/

       

       

      Should We Accept The Apology of an Ex-Gay Ministry?

      By John Blevins

       

      I have read various commentators weigh in on the recent announcement by the ex-gay organization, Exodus International, that they are closing their doors and on the simultaneous apology by Alan Chambers for the harm he and the organization have caused. Some have hailed this news as a remarkable turn while others have reacted with cynicism. I am torn.

       

      On the [one] hand, Andrew Sullivan offers “a deep appreciation of their grace-filled decision to re-examine their conduct as Christians and see where the world may have led them astray.” John Shore, on the other hand, is skeptical, describing these announcements as “an appallingly arrogant, cruelly exploitative, and shamelessly self-serving expression of a cynicism so absolute it borders on the sublime.”

       

      http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/sexandgender/7162/should_we_accept_the_apology_of_an_ex_gay_ministry

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