People — a mix of young folks with orange hair to those who have gone gray — congregated in the Denver Convention Center to chat. They just wrapped breakout sessions in which groups loudly discussed sexual ethics or quietly scribbled notes as a man dissected the Gospel according to Mark. The crowd gradually made its way into an exhibit hall filled with rainbow flags. It started in as an online community. In , 40 people met up in Dallas. This year, more than 1, attendees from across the nation met up in Denver.
How a Bible-Belt Evangelical Church Embraced Gay Rights
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Four years ago I didn't think it was possible to be both Gay and Christian. Those identities were diametrically opposed in my mind. To be gay was to have adopted a false identity rooted in sin and to be Christian was to find ones identity in Jesus Christ alone. So any attempt to mesh these two radical identities seemed to be futile to me. One canceled the other. You were either gay and opposed to Christianity, or a Christian and opposed to homosexuality. There was no other option.
2017 Gay Christian Network Conference — Introduction
I think I no longer believe my traditional understanding of Scripture. And I thought oh dear God, did I just become liberal? When I heard the word homosexual or thought about people who were homosexuals immediately I thought of disgusting, just sexual, perversion kind of things. I began to realize these were beautiful people.
Justin Lee is an American author, speaker, and LGBT Christian activist known for his focus on building bridges between groups who disagree. He is the author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs. In , Lee announced his next book would be published by Penguin Random House on the subject of "fighting cultural polarization and talking to the people you disagree with. Lee grew up in a conservative Christian home and continued identifying as an evangelical even after coming out as gay. According to The New York Times , "Justin Lee believes that the Virgin birth was real, that there is a heaven and a hell, that salvation comes through Christ alone and that he