This is the first of five video interviews Alan did with RELEVANT Magazine. The other videos will be posted here throughout this week.
This article by Eddie Kaufholz is from RELEVEANT Magazine Issue 65: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 as well as their podcast. Here is the intro:
“Change is possible!”
That was Exodus International’s slogan, an unapologetic answer to the dicey “are people born gay?” question. Often described as the largest “ex-gay” ministry in the U.S., Exodus worked with Christians who dealt with same-sex attraction for 37 years. That all changed in June, when Exodus International’s president Alan Chambers stunned the world by apologizing for his ministry and shutting its doors for good.
Chambers sat down with RELEVANT Podcast castmember Eddie Kaufholz (who happens to also be a pastor) to discuss that apology, tell his stories and give his vision for the future.
From the article “The Man Behind The Historic Implosion Of The Ex-Gay Movement” by David Peisner:
… Chambers not only closed Exodus in sudden and dramatic fashion, but acknowledged the ineffectiveness of gay-to-straight reparative therapy and offered a remarkable mea culpa that apologized for his organization’s many missteps. He’s now founding a new organization focused on bringing Christians and homosexuals together, called Speak. Love. Many in the LGBT community hailed Exodus’ demise as a victory in the culture wars but were disappointed Chambers hadn’t gone further in his support of gay rights or his renouncement of the religious underpinnings of the ex-gay theology. To many evangelicals, the man who had not only been a leader of the ex-gay movement but also a living example of its successes was now a lost sheep, or worse, a heretic.
“There are times when I feel like I don’t have a country,” Chambers says, not far from a wall of photos that include shots of him with his wife, with his kids, and with Mike Huckabee. “There are people who have been invested in this fight for years on both sides. It’s the vocal minority on either side that gets the microphone. What I believe is there are far more people in the middle.”
It’s this middle group that he’s hoping to represent and talk to. The question is, will he have the chance? At the moment, he’s working on defining specific plans for the new organization and raising money to keep the lights on. But in order to succeed, he’ll need to convince people that his divisive past has indeed passed, and that his own personal struggle won’t get in the way of his public mission.
This article is worth the read. Please check it out. If inclined, come and let us know what you think after reading the article.
This has been a busy summer for Alan in many ways, including media. Here is a list of some of the highlights over the past few months:
Special Report: God & Gays – Lisa Ling, Our America
‘Ex-gay’ group Exodus International shuts down – BBC World News
Exclusive: ‘Gay cure’ advocate apologizes – Anderson Cooper 360 (Three part video interview available online at link)
Some Christians shift on gays: Column – by Tom Krattenmaker, USA Today
Exodus International: Let the Recycling Begin! – by Brandan Robertson, Revangelical Blog
Homosexuality & The Question of Christian Unity – by Brandan Robertson, Revangelical Blog
Why I’ll Accept Your Imperfect Apology – by Laura Ortberg Turner, Christianity Today
Exodus international: bending history’s arc – by Christian Piatt, Red Letter Christians
My Response to the Closing of Exodus International – by Tony Campolo, Red Letter Christians
Can Christianity Learn to Say, “I’m Sorry”? – by Stephen Mattson, Red Letter Christians
Watermark interviews former Exodus figurehead Alan Chambers – by Susan Clary, Watermark
Alan Chambers, Exodus International’s Former President, On Sexual Labels, ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy – by Michelangelo Signorile (Includes audio of Alan’s interview on Signorile’s Sirius OutQ Radio program The Gist.)
Exodus to Speak Love – article by Erik Guzman and audio is included of Alan’s interview on Steve Brown Etc.
Tune into OWN television on June 20 at 10pm EST for Alan & Leslie Chambers interview with Lisa Ling on the Our America special “Gods & Gays.” This is a new program and not a repeat of their previous shows. Check out the show intro video below:
Question of the Week – How Can Christians Respond to the Gay Marriage Discussion?
This week’s video answers the question, “How Do We Respond to a Gay Person Attending Our Church?” Whether we take the church into our community or welcome the community into our church, the door should always be open. Check out today’s video and let us know what you think.
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In today’s video we announce a new Equipping Event planned for Southern California in May and answer the question, “How Do We Respond to a Gay Person Attending Our Church?” Also, a special thank you to those who have given support to Exodus.
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In this week’s video Alan makes some clarifications regarding his Pure Grace interview concerning the GCN conference we shared a couple of weeks ago. He also answers our question of the week, “How Can Christians Respond to the Gay Marriage Discussion?” Along with these important topics we cover other ground we hope you will find helpful and informative. If you find this video to be a valuable resource, please help spread the word by clicking “Like” or “Share” to pass along this resource to your social networks. Thank you very much and have a very blessed Easter.
Common + Unity = Community. God in His perfect wisdom has not only created us with a need for individual identity, He created us for a sense of belonging in community. So, why is that sometimes a challenge for people with SSA? How can we, as a church, be approachable for everyone including the person with SSA? In today’s video, Alan shares a poignant analogy first shared by our friend Joe Dallas which illustrates the beauty of consistent community.