UPDATE: Speak. Love., The Chambers, and ZONDERVAN!

Today we are consolidating Speak. Love. into AlanChambers.org. In June 2013 when we closed Exodus International and embarked on this new season we decided to continue doing what we knew well, which was run an organization. However, about a month into the process someone asked me rather pointedly, “So, Alan, what’s your hiring policy going to be for Speak. Love.?” It was then I realized I didn’t want another organization, policies, procedures, or anything similar to what we had just left behind. Leslie and I wanted to be free to work and partner with whomever we chose regardless of sexual orientation, label, religion or lack there of.

Speak. Love. has been a great platform for discussions and bridge building. The many good goals, clear message, and original intent are being best expressed through Leslie’s and my speaking, consulting, and writing. It just makes sense from a stewardship angle to consolidate these online resources. Will the future hold a separate non-profit? Maybe. I haven’t yet perfected fortune telling. What I do know is the God given mission and vision of Speak. Love. is being lived out every day in Leslie and me as a team and will find a great online home here at AlanChambers.Org.

Please stay engaged as we ramp up our posts. The last year has been tremendously relaxing and purposeful for Leslie and me. One of our greatest accomplishments was writing our first book together. In July after many months of talking with publishers and deliberation we signed with Zondervan a division of Harper Collins. Our book, My Exodus: Leaving the Slavery of Religion, Loving the Image of God in Everyone is due out August 25, 2015.

Please stay in touch with us here at AlanChambers.org or via these social media platforms:

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www.twitter.com/AlanMChambers or www.twitter.com/LeslieMChambers

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For those who want to give towards the work of reconciliation we are doing, you may do so by clicking the donate button near the bottom of the sidebar.

Comments

  1. Nikki Waits says

    Sending prayers and best wishes for peace, success, joy & clear purpose! You are a lovely family – we have greatly enjoyed sharing ICS life with you all!

  2. Rob says

    Very cool Alan and Leslie! Such a great new chapter in your lives. may God bless you and your ministry on each step of the journey.

    • says

      The definition of religion is to tie or retie, bind or rebind, or capture. Grace is the antithesis of religion. So religion would be the prison of legalism so many are bound to in the Church.

      • Mark says

        Thanks for your definition of religion! I have never heard it defined like that but unfortunately it certainly is the reality that is played out in churches today.

  3. Brent Baxley says

    Holly and I are praying with you. May God use you in ways beyond all you have dreamed or imagined. Love and prayers!

  4. David says

    Can’t wait to read “My Exodus”. I’ve been following your work throughout the years. God’s Grace toward us is steadfast and everlasting. Thank you Alan and Leslie for the courage you both have shown to believe in (i.e. trust in, cling to and rely upon) the message of His faithfulness towards us who believe.

  5. Brad says

    “Loving the Image of God in everyone” – beautiful reminder. Your work here pulls at my heart regularly. I am both excited and scared of what stirs in my heart when I come to this site – Thank you for your courage. As a gay man-I feel I can sigh a little relief knowing you are Leslie are here. Thank you. I look forward to reading your book and being a part of what is happening here.

  6. Karen Jones says

    I, too, am a big fan of you and Leslie and what you have and are doing to further the cause of Christ in a very complicated world. As the mother of a gay son, you have certainly helped me broaden my understanding of God’s grace and love as well as bring my family even closer together in His grace. Keep up the good work and thank you.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing a bit of your story, Karen! So thankful for your encouragement. Parents constantly ask us what to do about their gay kids and our standard reply is, “Pull them close and love them dearly”. So glad to be connected with you!

  7. Mark Leaverton says

    Alan and Leslie: As I get older the desire to simply and consolidate becomes more appealing. Glad you have done this consolidating. I too love the title of the book and, of course, cannot wait to download to my Kindle! Love to you both!

  8. Mathew says

    Hello Alan Chambers. I guess I would like to support my local church in my area. Yet the disconnection of only allowed to go to selective church buildings of faith for Gay & Lesbian People. How come church in general is still on a main pillar of Christ Like Teaching. Surly their will be the day for True real Unity some day. In a Peace of Real ‘Reality Diversity Hope’. Thankyou.

  9. Sharon says

    Hello Alan/Leslie:

    How are you? You did and still are doing marvelous work. Remember, God promised a reward much greater than we can imagine for our stand and work for Him.

    –Sharon

  10. Brian says

    So, which non-profit supporting LGBT youth is receiving 100% of the proceeds of your book? PFLAG? Trevor Project? Lost-n-Found Youth? Because I am certain that after the public apologies and the press tours and the paid conferences, you’re not still making a living off of gay people’s issues, are you? Surely you are not that brazen and cold?

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