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Exodus International closing- an open letter

You can almost not help having heard the news that Exodus International announced last Wednesday that they were shutting down. We’ve been reading a lot of “open letters” to Alan Chambers, and to Exodus, a lot of press accurate and inaccurate, a LOT of comments by people on all sides, and a lot of disclaimers.

Kristin and I felt it was important now (that we’ve had some time to rest after a very busy week last week) to add our own voices, though they may not be heard as loudly as some, to this subject.

Kristin and I are second generation (and now last) generation Exodus– the organization has played a significant role in our lives as our parents have been the directors of a member ministry for most of our lives, and as we became involved ourselves. We are deeply thankful for the ways in which Exodus has blessed our family, it’s leaders have served as role models for us in our youth and have become dear friends as we’ve grown up. In our deepest time of grief the Exodus family was a family to us who knew our parents; their hearts, their heart to minister to those in need, and their desire to love the lost, the lonely, and the broken the way that Jesus does, and stood beside us as we lost our Mom. It has been a great privilege and honor to learn from and serve beside so many fearless men and women of God and we thank each and every one of them for the years of blood, sweat and tears they have put into the ministry of Exodus.

That said, and while we grieve to see the end of an era, we also couldn’t be more excited about the road ahead. We stand beside other leaders and are hopeful for the chance to start a narrative that will build a bridge between the church and not only the gay community, but all those seeking a relationship with Jesus, no matter their walk of life. While holding firmly to biblical sexual ethic, it is our deepest desire to communicate the love of God in a way that heals instead of brings division, and that opens hearts to truth instead of leaves them defensive and alone. In all of this we are confident, in spite of the doubts some people have expressed, that the views being expressed by Alan Chambers and other leaders like him are God-inspired, and we agree with them whole-heartedly.

“Love The Lord your God with all of your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30-31

 

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Ready Or Not, Here We Come!

Well friends, tomorrow in the wee hours of the morning we will begin our journey to Irvine Ca. for the Exodus freedom conference. We know it is going to be an amazing conference this year and we can’t wait for it to get started. Stay tuned for updates.

A few things before we go though ūüôā

  • Have you checked out the live streaming options for this years conference? You can watch the beginning of the conference and the speech from Alan Chambers for FREE!! click the link (exodusfreedom.org/streaming/ ) for all the info and be sure to check out the opening night, you don’t wanna miss it!
  • Thursday June 20th be sure to check out Our America with Lisa Ling on the OWN network 10/9c. She is doing a special report titled God & Gays. On the show Alan and Leslie¬† Chambers sit down with a group of people who have been harmed by¬†reparative therapy and listen as they share their stories , We think this is very important work and stand with Alan and Leslie and all of Exodus in their desire to take responsibility and seek reconciliation .

We hope that you will join us in praying for the conference, the attendees ,the speakers and the people tuning in via live stream! Watch the clip below for a sneak peek of God & Gays

 

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Freedom Conference 2013 Coming Up !

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Hey guys, it’s that time of year again. Time for the Exodus Freedom Conference. Are you gonna be there? This year the theme is True Story! This is going to be a great conference and we really hope you will¬† join us !

Go to exodusfreedom.org for all the info, you won’t want to miss this years conference in beautiful Irvine Ca. It’s going to be a blast !

If you don’t plan to be there go a head and re think that decision . . .¬† then¬† if you still plan to stay home there is an option for you to still experience the wonderful stories from the men and women they have lined up to speak . Go here for streaming info ūüôā

If you don’t plan to be there but would still like to help someone else make it there you can donate to the scholarship fund here.

Lastly check out this video greeting from Alan Chambers. Hope to see you there!

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To go or Not to go, that is the question

These days it’s pretty common to be invited to the civil union of a same sex couple. It might be a friend or co-worker or someone even closer like a parent brother,sister or other family member but as a Christian that often brings up a hard question. If I go am I compromising my faith? What does my going say , that I approve? When you love these people and you want to know how to best answer that question it can start to feel like a tug of war. I don’t have the answers but at the Exodus Freedom Conference this past summer a couple named Alan and Denise Taylor¬† shared their testimony and¬† touched on that very question and what they shared changed my heart on this issue completely . In this blog post Randy Thomas shares about that and his own thoughts on this question. I hope you find it helpful. I know I did. You can purchase a copy of the couple’s testimony from the conference here, you can also purchase lots of the other testimonies there as well but the Taylor’s is about the 14th one down.

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Never Let You Go!

This video is of some of the worship we had at the conference. Kyle and Lisa Cooper as well as Marianne Adams did an amazing job leading worship !!

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Flying home

Right now Dad, Kristin, a friend and I are in flight back to Austin. This past week has been fun, exciting, emotional, and exhausting, it’s a little sad to be going home, but I’m also excited about the work to be done moving forward. What good are experiences like the Freedom Conference if they don’t inspire us to want to move forward? If they don’t propel us towards ministry to those in our smaller communities and the world?

I had a feeling that this would happen, so it doesn’t really surprise me that leaving this conference I feel a deeper sense of urgency, passion, and love for ministry to the gay community and to the church. This year I taught a workshop (with Kristin’s help of course) and I was a little overwhelmed going into it, but when the time came I found that my passion far out-weighed the fear and shockingly I’m walking away from the experience wanting to do it again. I say shocking because there was a time in my life that I would have rather died than stand up in front of a bunch of (mostly) strangers and talk. God does amazing things.

Another thing that was really huge for me this year was helping with the young adult Refuge group. I can’t even put into words how awesome it was to get to me and talk to so many peers who are reaching for the same goals, who share a passion for seeing Christ’s love living in His people, and going through similar things. I’m so glad that we finally have this group, I’m so thankful for the men and women who attended, who shared their stories and their hearts, and it was so cool to get to know them and then have them in my workshop to be a voice for their generation.

It was also awesome, for the first time, to get to serve with a couple of other people who has a parent who struggles.

It’s going to take me a few blog entries to really cover the last several says, but I’ll leave you with this for now. Whoever you are, consider attending one of these conferences. I can’t think of a single person for whom it would not be a benefit and a blessing.

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Leaving Dallas…

It’s official. ¬†I am leaving Dallas and moving back to my homeland Austin.

I’ve been waiting to make this “announcement” ( I don’t feel like my moving is news enough to make it worthy of a real announcement) for a little while. ¬†It’s taken a little while to really get a good grasp on how I feel about this new direction.

Ever since June and the HUGE-CHANGE-THE-WAY-I-THINK-ABOUT-ALL-OF-MY-PLANS-FOR-MY-LIFE experience that was the Exodus Freedom Conference, I’ve known that things would have to be different… which was challenging. Colliding with the Exodus experience was a new role I’d recently taken on at work, the role I had moved to Dallas to earn, and I wasn’t quite sure that this new passion that was beginning to burn inside of me was reason enough to completely change paths.

God, however, was sure… and He’s used every day¬†since the conference to make it abundantly clear that my job and His plan were incompatible with each other.

It’s been a painful time for me, I’m not going to lie, even though I know¬†the new direction my life is taking is right, the process of becoming sure has been painful. It’s funny, we ask God for clarity, for wisdom, for direction, for signs… even for proof sometimes, but I’m not sure we know what we’re asking for. Had I known, for instance, that clarity would come with heartache, that wisdom would be developed through facing injustice and having my character questioned, or that direction would be given in the midst of my weeping in humiliation, I might not have asked for them. =)

The good news is that today I know things about myself, and God, that I didn’t know the day I kissed my Mom goodbye and moved to Dallas. And I think learning these things the way I’ve had to learn them has been necessary to ¬†becoming the person God created me to be.

I am thankful.

Not only for the opportunity to come to know God in the way that being here “on my own” has given me, but for the friendships that I’ve developed while I’ve been here. For the people who’ve been faithful in helping me feel supported and less alone. ¬†There aren’t words for what they mean to me.

So there you have it.

-Katie

 

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