Now that’s an apology

21 Jun

Exodus International, a Christian ministry renowned for its leadership in “curing homosexuality,” has just issued an apology to the LGBTQ community (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/exodus-international-shuts-down_n_3470911.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular).

You can read the apology here: http://exodusinternational.org/2013/06/i-am-sorry/

In this open letter, Exodus president Alan Chambers writes about his intention versus his impact in championing and modeling reparative therapy. I’ll admit, it was hard for me to digest that he could have been so innocently unaware of the “trauma” he now recognizes having caused, even given his denial about his own sexuality. However, that’s part of the reality of living in a diverse world: there are perspectives, beliefs and personal realities that I can’t fathom. And I shouldn’t need to, in order to be in community with Chambers and others.

Ultimately, I’m just thankful for this letter and for Chambers’ courage in reconciling his values with his practice.

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