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Moving forward – Chapter 21 A Life of Unlearning (2nd ed)

By |2023-04-16T15:56:54+10:00April 16th, 2023|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church|Tags: , , , , , , |

Chapter 21 A Life of Unlearning (2nd edition) - Moving forward The first and second  editions of A Life of Unlearning sold out. Information about the 3rd edition HERE  The week after the launch of the first edition of A Life of Unlearning, I invited the Honourable Justice Michael Kirby to lunch. This would be a [...]

Hillsong and LGBTQ

By |2023-05-29T22:19:02+10:00March 4th, 2023|Categories: Audio, Conversion therapy|Tags: |

Hillsong and LGBTQ It seems a lot of people want to know about Hillsong and LGBTQ. I've learnt not to trust all journalists. Most are good, but not all. Some  have "used" my story to push their own agendas. I was more interested in "the cause" than wanting to enhance their careers with a sensationalist [...]

How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ (conversion therapy) referrals

By |2022-12-13T10:59:52+11:00September 29th, 2019|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy|Tags: , , , , |

How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ referrals Can you be out and proud at Hillsong? If you are gay, lesbian or bi, it becomes a guessing game of who to be open and authentic with. Mostly you hide your true self for fear of negative reactions. You are either pretending, not correcting people’s assumptions you’re [...]

Marty Sampson and the spiritual journey

By |2019-08-17T21:39:59+10:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: Church, General|Tags: |

Hillsong's Marty Sampson has shaken up the Pentecostal and Evangelical worlds by declaring on social media his faith is on shaky ground. This is familiar territory for many of us, especially if we are LGBTI from that background. Some years back, I came across an incredibly insightful article 'Stages of Faith - A Map for [...]

Hillsong and conversion therapy – what really happened

By |2020-10-22T16:30:44+11:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

FULL ARTICLE How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ referrals HERE  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 [...]

Roman Catholic and Hillsong Church’s Homosexual Hip Hop

By |2021-09-24T12:12:53+10:00October 19th, 2014|Categories: Church, LGBTI|Tags: , , |

In an extraordinary week, both the Catholic Church and Hillsong appeared to be making progress re their attitude, if not their beliefs, about LGBT people. It's a dance. Two steps forward one back. Roman Catholic Church Two steps forward At the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce One step back Pope Francis [...]

The Specific Challenges for LGBTQ people from Pentecostal/Charismatic backgrounds

By |2023-11-23T10:22:42+11:00August 12th, 2014|Categories: Church, Gay Christian, LGBTI Therapy|Tags: , , , |

Why is it so hard? Resolving the perceived conflict of faith, sexuality and/or gender identity is a difficult path for most people from a traditional, conservative Christian culture. LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people from Pentecostal or Charismatic backgrounds have specific needs to be addressed in order to resolve the internal conflict and the [...]

Australian conversion therapy ministry appoints new leader….but

By |2016-11-08T01:49:23+11:00December 31st, 2013|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , , , |

One of the few remaining ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy organisations in Australia has announced the appointment of a new leader after the resignation of Haydn Sennitt last year. The December newsletter reads: "The Liberty Committee is excited to announce that Allan Starr has been appointed as our new part-time Pastoral Worker. He will begin with us in [...]

Hillsong: Pastor Brian Houston and the pink elephant in the room

By |2022-12-13T11:00:10+11:00August 18th, 2013|Categories: Church, Gay Christian|Tags: , |

Hillsong: Pastor Brian Houston talks about the pink elephant in the room Contrary to popular opinion, homosexuality or the 'gay issue' is not often mentioned from Hillsong pulpits; for or against. On Sunday 18 August 2013, Hillsong's Senior Pastor, Brian Houston, preached a message that  was broadcast to all Hillsong congregations around the world in [...]

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