Welcome to Australian GLBT SDAS

About Australian GLBT SDAS

Relevant Resources

Our Purpose

Australian GLBT SDAS is a volunteer, non-profit support organization devoted to the spiritual, emotional, social and physical well-being of  former and current Adventists who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex and their friends and family. We are not supported by the formal Adventist church. We are a confidential organization which supports the advancement of human rights for all people. Australian GLBT SDAS endeavours to reach out to people and let them know that God loves everyone and that "acceptance is unconditional". More info can be obtained by joining Australian SDAS, on what actives are in your area.


Australian GLBT SDAS is its own identity, we are Australian based and owned.  We strive to be inclusive where ever possible.

About Australian GLBT SDAS

Like other conservative Christian churches, the Adventist Church believes that homosexuality is immoral. This creates a conflict for gay SDAS, says the Australian group, whose members often feel hurt and betrayed by their church's rejection yet value the SDA beliefs and their kinship with the church.
Because of their church's stance, the Australian group has a long road ahead in helping it better understand its gay members and the scientific and theological issues surrounding homosexuality. Australian GLBT SDAS group provides a safe and supportive space for members who have a kinship and need us for various reasons. We have members who are very interested in creating change within our church and others who feel too hurt by their church's rejection to remain very connected in kinship.

The Australian LGBTI group is primarily interested in supporting You and we see this as our number one goal. The Adventist Church promotes a healthy lifestyle, we also strive to promote a healthy lifestyle, by education and understanding within the LGBTI and Adventist community.
We as a support group do not sanction any group or person that fosters change programs within the Adventist organisation or external.
The Australian support group believes that change programs do not work and are a proven disaster for all concerned.
We as a support group believe that Christ’s Love, was and is for All mankind.

Today, the Australian support group has members in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The Australian support group for SDAS has had a presence since 1981. Members are primarily Seventh-day Adventists who happen to be lesbian, gay men, bisexual or transgender, including many who were asked to leave the church or left because they felt condemned and unwelcome. (Note: The abbreviation LGBTI is often used to reference the community of lesbian, gay men, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The word gay is also often used alone to reference this group of people.)

Australia's membership also includes heterosexual Seventh-day Adventists, parents of gays, and others who are sympathetic to our concerns. We endeavour to be inclusive whenever possible. We are a naturally diverse group with a wide range of Christian experiences, self-acceptance and expression.
   

Relevant Resources

“Here I Am” Produced by Dr John Wallace, Sydney Adventist Hospital   

Click here to see the video

Produced for Christian families with gay and lesbian members and for those who support them, it tells their stories from their perspective.
“Coming out” can be a difficult time for families, individuals and those close to them. They often feel completely alone in the world.
In this documentary, parents, children, partners, couples and supporting pastors and psychologists speak from the heart about the experience of coming out in a Christian environment. They discuss the importance of faith, the difficulties of coming out in families and the church, solutions to the problems, their best advice for others, and hope for the future.

Sydney Adventist Forum Examines Homosexuality

Homosexuality: Seeking an Adequate Adventist Response.

Note: There were some technical glitches with the audio on the day.

To date this conference is the only response to this topic, in Australia among Adventists.

On Saturday 10 July 2010, the Sydney Adventist Forum sponsored a conference to discuss possible responses by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to the issue of homosexuality. While the goal was to ask questions rather than provide answers, the conference raised awareness with a significant group of people and provided thoughtful answers to many controversial questions. The conference will have on-going effects with the release of audio and video recordings

This conference is now available to watch and listen to here! http://www.users.on.net/~benreuter/recordings.html

The seminar was held at Pennant Hills, in the northern suburbs of Sydney. Over 100 people attended, including a number of significant thought leaders, some travelling long distances to be present. In addition, many members from the Australian group and other LGBTI people with Adventist roots showed their support and were keenly interested in the discussions.

Part of the day included a panel discussion that examined the six gotcher texts “clobber texts.” The panel members were unanimous that the Bible nowhere addresses homosexual orientation, even though it does mention homosexual activity. The panel agreed that the Sodom incident (Genesis 19) describes attempted rape by heterosexuals and is irrelevant to the discussion of homosexuality. The panel then discussed the two texts in Leviticus (18:22 and 20:13) and agreed that these prohibitions were part of the Israelite Holiness Code. They pointed out that many prohibitions in the Holiness Code are not considered applicable to modern Christians, for example the command for men not to shave their beards. The speakers urged caution in applying the standards from an ancient, patriarchal society to modern culture. The conclusion was that Christians must consider the social, cultural and historical context of Scripture.

There was a general agreement that while basic truth is unchanging, our understanding and expression of truth must adapt to changing cultural and social conditions.

 

LGBTI Seniors

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing & Seniors' Items of Interest. Click Here

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Care Connect provides aged care packages specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) older adults.
These aged care packages include:

·  Community Aged Care Package (CACP)
·  Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH)
·  Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACHD).
·  All CDC Packages now from August 2015 on.
CACP, EACH,  EACHD, and CDC Packages offer a plan of support and care for older people who have care needs and who are living at home. All packages are individually coordinated and help older adults remain active in their communities.
For more information visit their website, or call Care Connect.
National Office P: (freecall) 1800 116 166


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Relevant Books & DVD's

Christianity and Homosexuality:
Some Seventh-day Adventist Perspectives

Here’s an exciting new entry into the discussion of the church and its relationship to its non-heterosexual members!
Edited by David Ferguson, Fritz Guy and David Larson.

This collection of chapters and responses covers a wide range of topics from scriptural analysis to personal experience.

Tony and Peggy Campolo, authors and lecturers, commented: “For Christians of all denominations who struggle to understand those children of God who happen not to be straight, this book will be of great help. It’s survey of the history and theologies that have impacted Adventism, the insights of medical practitioners and social workers, and the true stories of real families will broaden the perspectives of even those who disagree with some of it’s conclusions.

This book has been two years in the making and is a collaboration between the Adventist Forum and SDA Kinship International. For more information go to Click here to be redirected

 

Being Gay and Being Christian
by Dr Stuart Edser

You can be both,

Foreword by The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Dr Stuart Edser is the Principal Psychologist at Newcastle Psychology & Health based in Lambton, Newcastle. He has several degrees in psychology and education, including a PhD. In the past he was a secondary English teacher, a qualified piano teacher and professional musician and an experienced public speaker. He was a minor seminarian in the Catholic Church living in a monastery for three years as an early teen, but also an elder, leader, preacher and teacher in the Protestant evangelical and charismatic wing of the Church. In this wing, he was a co-founder of a church in his twenties, a church that still exists in the Newcastle suburb of Highfields. He even stood for the NSW Parliament in the 1991 election for Fred Nile’s Call To Australia Party (as it was known then). After years of struggle and self-acceptance, he now lives happily with his partner Chris.  more information at www.beinggaybeingchristian.com

 

My Son, Beloved Stranger
by Carrol Grady

This excellent book has been reprinted with an added epilog.

This is a great book to have in your library and to have extra copies to give to parents, pastors, friends and anyone else who deals with having a loved one come out to them.
Open Heart, Open Hand ( Video/DVD )

Three conversations about homosexuality and the family - a life and death matter. Introduced by Dr. David Larson, a professor with the Faculty of Religion at Loma Linda University, this new resource features interviews with Adventist parents of gay and lesbian people: Dr.Walt and Virginia Cason (late) (physician/daughter of Elder H.M.S. Richards), Dr. George P. Babcock (educator) and Mrs. Carrol Grady (minister's wife).

These are a must have resource for both GLBTI people and Parents that are Adventists and have a gay child, or who have an interest in this topic.
To order go to here to be redirected
Homosexuality and Christian Faith

Questions of Conscience for the Churches.

Edited by Walter Wink.

http://www.augsburgfortress.org

P-flag Australia

For parents and friends of GLBTI people. DVD. Bouncing Castle

Keeping Familes together.
Made by P-Flag in Sydney. What a feel Good DVD

Contact P-Flag in your State for details.

God and Gays - The Movie

This movie is a great tool for information and enlighting on coming out, God and the Bible.

The sharing of peoples stories, gay spirituality were enlighting. It was funny and it was sad, it was everyone’s story and yet each was a unique story. And each story in some ways spoke to our own hearts of our struggle and the promise of victory in Christ.

Quotes:

"Come out, come out wherever you are!” - Rev. Dr. Mel White in reference to ALL folks – coming out to who we are, who God made us to be.

“The closet is often put forth as an answer by people who can’t be in one themselves.” - Rev. Deborah L. Johnson

www.godandgaysthemovie.com

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