“A Life of Unlearning – a journey to find the truth” is the blog of Anthony Venn-Brown, one of the speakers at this afternoon’s Claiming Our Place/Celebrating our Diversity gathering at Pitt Street Uniting Church, and a very engaging speaker he is. He avers that Hillsong has already made significant changes. Read his blog to see more.
Anthony was a leader in the Assemblies of God and a regular preacher in the mega Pentecostal churches of Australia. For 22 years, he tried desperately to change his same sex orienation through psychiatric treatment, exorcisms, ex-gay programs, 40-day fasts. After 16 years of marriage, he eventually had to admit that nothing had changed. In 1991, he faced the toughest decision of his life; be true to himself and lose everything he held dear or continue to live a lie.
See also the Freedom 2 B[e] site.
Other speakers included Catholic gay activist Michael Kelly, Sydney Anglican David Reeder, and South Sydney Uniting Church’s Dorothy McRae-McMahon; Andrew Collis officiated, and the Sydney Morning Herald journalist David Marr moderated the discussions, with the wall plaques of ancestral Fairfaxes watching on.
The Herald-Sun has been very quick off the mark, as I am only just home!