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8 FACTORS THAT CREATED THE CLOSURE OF EXODUS – No.8 The Midlife Factor

By |2017-04-29T12:52:54+10:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

8.   The midlife factor Yep..... something I think many people have missed is possible the influence of midlife I believe. Maybe I'm more aware of this than others are because it happened to me like clockwork and I've worked one on one with so many who are in midlife facing similar issues. Coming up to [...]

8 FACTORS THAT CREATED THE CLOSURE OF EXODUS – No.7 The Evolving Faith Factor

By |2017-04-29T12:53:14+10:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

7.   The evolving faith factor People in evangelical/Pentecostal circles have a strongly biblically based faith. This type of theology has been at the core of the ex-gay movement and you'll often find it clearly stated on ex-gay websites. An evangelical/Pentecostal faith is all very neat and tidy. It's black and white. There are no arguments. [...]

8 FACTORS THAT CREATED THE CLOSURE OF EXODUS – No. 6 The Listening Factor

By |2017-04-29T12:53:30+10:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

If people are going to reach out to dialogue there has to be a willingness on the other part to engage. Of course their willingness to listen depends largely on the approach and the language used to reach out. No one is going to engage if they are attacked and the language consistently accusatory or defamatory. I don’t bother with [...]

8 FACTORS THAT CREATED THE CLOSURE OF EXODUS – No.5 The Bridge Building Factor

By |2017-04-29T12:53:47+10:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

5.   The bridge building factor When I first wrote briefly in my newsletter about being at the Exodus Conference and the 37 year old organisation was closing a lovely person responded via email saying "Thank you.......etc etc". I laughed aloud. Oh dear, this person was under the allusion that somehow, singlehandedly, I had managed to [...]

8 FACTORS THAT CREATED THE CLOSURE OF EXODUS – No.4 The Honesty Factor

By |2017-04-29T12:54:05+10:00September 8th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

4.   The honesty factor Azariah Southworth, Christian TV host, like many, paid a high price for his honesty Yes, simple honesty contributed to this tipping point. The message for decades was "Change is Possible". The goal of people who sort out ex-gay organisations was always to rid themselves of homosexuality and become heterosexual/'normal'.  Even though [...]

8 FACTORS THAT CREATED THE CLOSURE OF EXODUS – No.3 The Internet Factor

By |2017-04-29T12:54:25+10:00August 27th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

3. The internet factor The influence of the internet to gain information and connect people cannot be overestimated re the downfall of Exodus.  When I resigned from the ministry and came out in 1992 internet usage was in its infancy and not the commonplace entity it is today. I am a little embarrassed to say [...]

8 FACTORS THAT CREATED THE CLOSURE OF EXODUS – No.2 The Gulf Factor

By |2017-04-29T12:54:44+10:00August 27th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

2. The gulf factor Born in 1951, I grew up ina generation when racial slurs and sexist jokes and poking fun at people with disabilities were commonplace and accepted. No longer would anyone dare say something like "A woman's place in the home" Imagine the outcry, because we know these things are completely inappropriate in [...]

8 FACTORS THAT CREATED THE CLOSURE OF EXODUS – No.1 The Society Shift Factor

By |2017-04-29T12:55:02+10:00August 27th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

In Malcolm Gladwell bestselling book, "The Tipping Point", he describes several key factors that, put together, create the phenomena of a shift in consciousness and/or society.  Exodus closing was not an insignificant event. It is/was a tipping point.  For LGBT people, the Stonewall riots in 1969 were a tipping point. The major factor that created [...]

EXODUS INTERNATIONAL – A BEHIND THE SCENES ACCOUNT OF THE EXODUS CLOSURE Part 5

By |2017-04-29T12:55:21+10:00August 10th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

Part 5 "A Journey to Exodus - the last days" The next three days included a full program of speakers and workshops from 9am to 9pm. The theme "True Stories" seemed particularly appropriate as people continued to honestly share their journeys. No real victory stories, just people trying to make some sense out of their [...]