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Recently we have been building up the resources on our YouTube Channel
Here are 7 newbies to watch and share. Yes, you will want to share some of these for sure.
Dad’s Coming Out – 60 Minutes:
Once “gay” was just an adjective that meant happy. Now, for most of us it means Mardi Gras, Priscilla and Elton John. In truth, it’s often more complex, less flamboyant and much closer to home. Try next door, for a start. Here in Australia, there are thousands of men living ordinary, suburban lives — a wife, a couple of kids, a mortgage. But they’re also living a lie, hiding the fact that they’re gay. Not that this is anything new. What is new, though, is that more and more married men are coming out, admitting they’re gay. And you can’t begin to imagine what that means, what happens to a family when dad falls in love with another man.
THE CURE – Australian Conversion “Therapy” Documentary:
“The Cure” is an independent documentary film on reparative programs and the mental health implications of trying to “change” sexuality. Told through the compelling narratives of survivors and former leaders who have tried to transform their sexuality, the film lifts the veil on Australian ‘ex-gay’ programs and ultimately brings to light underlying themes of hope and freedom.
Shane Clifton, Anthony Venn Brown and Ron Brookman talk homosexuality and Christianity:
In 2004, after reading Anthony Venn-Brown’s recently published autobiography, A Life of Unlearning, Dr Shane Clifton from Southern Cross College, the Australian Assemblies of God Bible College of the time (now Alphacrucis College), met with the author. As the college leadership refused to have Anthony speak on campus, Dr Clifton arranged to interview both Anthony Venn-Brown and Ron Brookman, the leader of Living Waters Australia for his students. This video was created to break down pre-conceived ideas and stereotypes and to give students in Dr Clifton’s ethics class a balanced understanding of sexuality by hearing personal stories from different perspectives. This interview continued to be used as a teaching aid on the topic for over a decade.
Homosexuality and the Pentecostal Church:
In 2006, Dr Shane Clifton was Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Australian Assemblies of God Bible College, Southern Cross (now Alphacrucis). The Ethics class covered controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality. To give the students a boarder view of homosexuality, Dr Clifton created a video interview as his request to have Anthony Venn-Brown speak at the college was rejected. At the end of the course, students choose what topic they’d cover as a part of their assessment and present in class. This video, “Homosexuality and the Pentecostal Church”, was one group’s project. They got a high distinction.
Christian parents misguided love and their gay son:
At the final Exodus Conference, Rob and Linda Mueller Robertson, reminded attendees of the devastating consequences of misguided love. Rob and Linda’s story of their son Ryan demonstrates how ignorance about sexual orientation and an ill-informed outdated Christian belief system can slowly destroy no matter how much we love. “Unintentionally we had taught Ryan to hate his sexuality. And since sexuality cannot be separated from self, we had taught Ryan to hate himself.” Linda Mueller Robertson
CREATING A SPACE FOR CHANGE:
This concept, originally created in 2008, is the foundation of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International’s philosophy and approach. It has been the structure to create a safe space for churches, religious organisations and leaders to engage and learn more about LGBT people and their community. Examples given are: * The 100 REVS * Bayside Church * Hillsong Church
Sacred texts and LGBTQ – an interfaith trialogue,
This is a fascinating webinar with internationally famous gay Imam, Mushin Hendricks, Australian former high-profile Pentecostal preacher, Anthony Venn-Brown, and Jewish Bar Mitzvah teacher and Radical Faerie, Kim Gotlieb. Facilitated by educator and therapist, Sekneh Hammoud-Beckett, this panel will explore the communality of the LGBTQ texts found in the Bible, the Koran and the Torah, recent reinterpretations, their impacts on LGBTQ people and finding resolution.
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