Finding God in the Margins
with John Herron
John is a former pastor, former gymnast, Cadbury chocolate connoisseur and gay Christian.
In this talk John talks about his deep-rooted faith, his coming to Christ, his sense of belonging and his love for Zephaniah 3:17. He describes how Bible passages brought deep fear, an internal ‘civil war’ with a deep longing for being healed and being ‘normal’. This led to damaging experiences of reparative therapy. Coming out meant that he had to step back from his ministry but through a process of healing and restoration he has come to a new space of belonging and service. This talk touches on:
- Early Years
- Teenage Years
- Christian Conversion
- Internal Civil War
- Ordination and sublimation
- Reparative Therapy
- Reconstruction, loss and the ‘Truth’
- Finding healing in a new community
- What messages have you absorbed about LGBTQIA+ people from the church?
- How do such messages contrast with the lived experience of gay people you know (if you know any)?
- For many this is a non-negotiable issue until it affects them personally. How would you respond if your son/daughter/brother/sister came out as gay?
- Consider how the analogy of judging a tree by its good or bad fruit might apply here.
- The authority of the Bible has been used to support many issues over the years, including: slavery, the death penalty, the role of women and anti-semitism. Is it worth considering whether the conventional take on LGBTQIA+ Bible texts might also need re-reading or re-thinking?
- What cost do you see in the lives of LGBTQIA+ people?