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Experiences of people living openly in The Salvation Army, & of those seeking to be the bridge between The Salvation Army & gender / sexuality diverse people.
Us Not Them
Craig Hutson says that growing up gay in the church was ‘death by a thousand cuts’, but he is now using his faith to bring life to others. Ingrid Barratt discovers the human face behind the debate.
Welcomed and Accepted
I am thankful for who I am, who I can be and how I can contribute in life.
Why that gratitude? To be honest it's quite funny, I know that I am contributing but the answer to my own question is still a question for myself. Or is it the journey in life?
Is it Possible to be Homosexual and Christian?
When I was told that the theme of my testimony at this Symposium was "being a Christian and homosexual", I thought it was fantastic! Because I think there is an "and" that connects the two things... they are not opposites, and although I consider that being a Christian is an intimate and personal relationship between me and God, I would like to use this space to express the difficulties of living your Christianity and being a homosexual inside the church.
I like to think of myself a “One-Twelve” Christian. Before I explain that, let me provide some background. I’m Colin, a gay man in my mid 60s from New Zealand. My parents were loving Christian ministers who modeled what it meant to be Christ-followers. While I never questioned the existence of God and accepted that I was loved, I knew from my teens that I was attracted to men. Over the years, I experienced the usual struggles to reconcile what this means in regards to my relationship with Christ, while being a member of a Fundamental Holiness-teaching church. Remember: this was during the 1950’s and 60’s, and we were living in a different social environment.