We have learned that Exodus president Alan Chambers will be attending the Gay Christian Network conference this evening in Orlando, Fl. He will be participating in a panel discussion with Jeremy Marks, John Smid, and Wendy Gritter at 8:30 EST. This is all the information available at the moment.
From the GCN website:
The Gay Christian Network (GCN) is a nonprofit ministry supporting Christians worldwide who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Our mission, “sharing Christ’s light and love for all,” is carried out in 5 primary directions, to impact individuals, families, communities, churches, and the world.
GCN has acted as a refuge of sorts for some gay Christians who have become disillusioned with ex-gay ideology and seek a community that shares their faith and experience. There are two major groups in GCN, called Side A and Side B. From Wikipedia:
Members of the Gay Christian Network have expressed a wide variety of opinions concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life and how it should be lived from a Christian perspective. For instance, the site is committed to being a safe haven both for members who believe it is okay for gay Christians to enter into healthy, committed relationships (including sex) and for those who believe that the Bible prohibits such behavior and requires chastity. On the site, these two positions have been nicknamed Side A, i.e., those members who believe that homosexual activity is not sinful, and Side B, i.e., those who believe that God does love gay people but does not accept homosexual activity.
It is not clear what motivates this or what can be accomplished, but certainly it must be difficult for some who have been deeply hurt by Alan’s ministries to know he has been invited. We have certainly heard from many who are upset so far this morning. Apparently he will only appear on the panel and that is an optional event. No doubt more is to come.
Could this be a venue for Alan to effect some of his promised “re-branding“? He was impressed by the positive press John Smid received from his recent pronouncements. Good or bad, watch this one closely.