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Hillsong and conversion therapy – what really happened

By |2019-03-23T23:21:20+11:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do you know about the recent Hillsong drama? It involved Chris Pratt, a Hillsong-attending award winning actor, famous for his roles in “The Lego Movie,” “Jurassic World,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” Ellen Page, multi-award winning Canadian actress who is a declared atheist and been an out and proud lesbian since 2014. Pastor Brian Houston, [...]

Webinar – CONVERSION THERAPY AND LGBTI PEOPLE OF FAITH

By |2019-01-25T00:13:07+11:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Event, LGBTI Therapy, Training|

Webinar for counsellors, therapists, chaplains, youth workers, telephone counsellors, pastors and LGBTI service providers  CONVERSION THERAPY AND LGBTI PEOPLE OF FAITH Presented by the Australian College of Relationship Counsellors (ACRC) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) The mental health challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have been well [...]

ABBI’s Top 10 2018

By |2018-12-31T18:06:26+11:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy, General, LGBTI|

How would you describe the work of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) in a sentence? If you had things like education, information, dispelling myths about sexual orientation and gender identity, overcoming ignorance or counteracting false religious beliefs about LGBTI people and our community you’d be right. (If you are not sure of our mission [...]

Conversion Therapy Survivors Honour Roll

By |2019-02-05T11:21:13+11:00December 23rd, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

There was a time when the terms 'ex-gay' or 'former homosexual' were non-existent. In the 1950s and 1960s mental health professionals tried unsuccessfully to find a cause and cure for homosexuality. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed the diagnosis of “homosexuality” from the second edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). At [...]

ABBI Annual Report 2018

By |2018-12-28T16:02:51+11:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: General|

Every year, at our annual general meeting, we review our achievements and think about our future. Since it was founded, Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) has consistently grown in it's influence. Each year has it's special wins. This last financial year is no exception. When I began to put this report together, even I [...]

The Department of Conversation chats with AVB

By |2018-12-08T21:37:04+11:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Audio, Video|

Award winning presenter Pat Brittenden's online program, the Department of Conversation has a unique philosophy. We chat until we are finished...we are not hampered by adverts or sponsors...we want interesting people telling stories that you haven’t heard before...and from people you know but maybe haven’t seen in this kind of light before. Don’t think ‘interview’ [...]

Gay conversion therapy – does it work?

By |2018-10-18T13:41:05+11:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy, Mixed Orientation Marriage, Video|

Gay conversion therapy - does it work? Can you be a Christian and gay? Can a person change from gay to straight? ABC's Hungry Beast looks at gay conversion therapies. Anthony Venn-Brown, former high profile preacher in Australia's mega-churches such as Hillsong and Anthony Menchetti talk about their ex-gay experience. Haydn Sennitt pastoral worker for [...]

A Pentecostal preacher asks three questions

By |2018-09-19T11:16:40+11:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy, Mixed Orientation Marriage|Tags: |

Hi Anthony I’ve just finished reading A Life of Unlearning. I actually really enjoyed it in spite of the fact that it disturbed me greatly! You write so well. I would have liked to hear you preach. What a legacy you created in Youth Alive and in your ministry. That fruit remains in spite of [...]