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  • Kurt
    Aug 12, 2004
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      Well if there IS anyone out there on Livejournal. My ID is "koenbear"
      and my journal is at http://koenbear.livejournal.com

      Feel free to add me!

      Kurt
      --- In exexgayministry@yahoogroups.com, "Anthony Venn-Brown"
      <avb@m...> wrote:
      > Ps….would love to be a live journaller…….but really don't think I
      have the
      > time.
      >
      > Looks like fun though…..I believe some of them get 1,000's of hits per
      > day……..same as a Blog isn't it.
      >
      > Anthony
      > Moderator and author of:
      > 'A Life of Unlearning -Coming Out of the Church - One Man's Struggle'
      > To download Chapter 1 'The Confession' FREE click here
      > <http://www.anthonyvennbrown.com/book.html> .
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Exex-gay
      > <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Exex-gay/>
      > My sexual orientation is not a sickness to be healed or a sin to be
      > forgiven. My sexual orientation is a gift from my Creator to be
      accepted,
      > celebrated, and lived with integrity.
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Kurt [mailto:koenbear@y...]
      > Sent: Friday, 13 August 2004 00:54
      > To: exexgayministry@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [ExExGayMinistry] Greetings!
      >
      > Hello all,
      >
      > I just joined the group and thought I would put out a quick
      > introduction.
      >
      > My name is Kurt and I live with my partner in Portland, OR. I am
      > now 33 but was a part of the ex-gay movement for about 10 years. I
      > came out at 18, but quickly went back in the closet at 19 when I had
      > a conversion experience and started going to a conservative
      > Christian church. My involvement in a local ex-gay ministry in the
      > San Jose, CA area started at about the same time. I spent 2 years
      > in that program and even got a diploma showing that I had graduated.
      >
      > A few years later, in my mid-20's, I went back to school in
      > Minnesota to study for the ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical
      > Lutheran Synod. In school, I was told not to tell people even that
      > I "had been" gay, so I was completely closeted, both as gay and ex-
      > gay. Wanting someone to talk to I created a Yahoo group called 611
      > (from 1 Corinthians 6:11). That list was grew to about 100 people
      > and was around for a few years.
      >
      > In my ministry life, I had been assigned as a minister in San
      > Antonio, TX. While I was there, I was told that I was being
      > considered for a ministry position at a small congregation in
      > Brazil. The catch: they don't normally send single guys on foreign
      > missions. So, thinking it was what God wanted for my life, I got
      > married, was assigned to Brazil and moved there in November.
      >
      > Brazil is where the shit hit the fan. Our marriage did not go
      > well. On a trip back to the U.S. issues about my sexuality came
      > out. Long story short: I was told that I wasn't fit for ministry
      > because I might molest a teenager (never mind that I had no history
      > of that or anything that might indicate I would).
      >
      > On September 10th of 2001 I left my wife, my career, and my church.
      > I stayed overnight in a motel in San Antonio, TX intending to fly to
      > Portland, OR the next day. That never happened because of the
      > terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon. Instead I drove
      > the 2,4000 miles and attmepted to start my life over.
      >
      > The good news is that there is a happy ending: I met my partner 2
      > weeks after I got here. That was 3 years ago. We just bought a
      > home together. I am back in school pursuing a Masters of Divinity,
      > and I am a candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ.
      >
      > Sorry for the long post. I just wanted to make a quick introduction
      > and let y'all know that I'm here.
      >
      > You can read about stuff I write about here:
      > http://outsidethebox.blogs.com
      >
      > Any Livejournal users out there?
      >
      > Blessings!
      > Kurt
      >
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