SAFEHAVEN, a Ministry of Free Community Church presents Rev Dr Mel White (24 May 2007)

Monday, May 21, 2007

"Thank God I am Queer - A Gay Christian's Journey"

24 May 2007, Thursday, 7.30pm
Free Community Church
100A Eu Tong Sen St, #04-02 Yangtze Building

Introducing Mel White

The Rev. Dr. Mel White is a former ghostwriter for fellow evangelicals, including Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, Jim Bakker, and Jerry Falwell. Inspired by the nonviolence movements of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., White founded SOULFORCE, a nonviolent movement based on their principles to address the suffering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
In 1997, he was awarded the ACLU's National Civil Liberties Award for his efforts to apply the "soul force" principles of Gandhi and King to the struggle for justice for sexual minorities.
He is the author of over 16 books, including Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America, published in 1994, and Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right, published in 2006.

Well, in a nutshell, Mel White is a BIG DEAL. Not only is he a celebrated writer and pastor, he's also a powerful advocate for being Christian and gay. And he speaks from a position of authority, having been the Dean of the largest gay-lesbian church in America, the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas and Minster of Justice of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. At a personal level, Mel White struggled with his sexuality for 30 years before he finally accepted his sexual orientation as a "gift from God".

If there was one Safehaven talk that you MUST ATTEND, make no mistake, it's THIS ONE. Come and listen to how one man struggled to overcome the teachings of the Church that homosexuality is a sin, to be able to say today, "Thank God I'm Queer!" So make your way down to FCC this coming Thursday, 24 May, 7.30pm, and meet face-to-face the man himself.

Alphonsus Lee
Chairperson, SAFEHAVEN

Safehaven is an informal fellowship for gay and lesbian Christians. We believe that God is able and desires to bless gay and lesbians Christians without having to deny their sexuality. Safehaven is interdenominational and welcomes Protestant and Catholic members who are interested to integrate faith and sexuality in their lives as Christians.