Ugandan Statement Issued From Exodus Board & North American Leaders

UPDATE 7:30pm EDT: 7 names added: Joe Dallas, Karen Booth, Dean Greer, Patrick Kennedy, Jason Thompson, Katherine Allen, Nancy Brown and links to Exodus blog coverage and other resources added.
UPDATE March 25th, 12:15pm EDT: 5 names added: Ron Dennis, Tammie Blanchette, Leslie Gunby, Tye Gamey and Bonnie Doebly, list formatted to read easier.

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Due to the continued threat of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, introduced before the Ugandan parliament on October 14, 2009, and bills like it in other nations, the Board of Directors of Exodus International and its North American membership felt a vital need to issue the following statement ( This statement is still open to Exodus International North American leaders to add their signature. If you would like to do so please email Alan at achambers@exodusinternational.org ):

“Exodus International believes that every human life, regardless of an individual’s sexual behavior, is of inestimable worth to God and that defending this principle is foundational in offering a Christian response to any issue. As such, Exodus International has not and will not support any legislation that deprives others of life and dignity including, but not limited to, Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. We stand with all who are defending this basic, biblical tenet and remain committed to sharing the compassion, hope and life-giving truth and grace of Jesus Christ.

“In November of 2009, several of us sent a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and First Lady Musenevi expressing our concerns regarding The Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. The legislation would render some homosexual practices crimes punishable by life imprisonment and possible death. We believe that sexual crimes against children, whether committed by someone of the same or opposite sex, are the most serious of offenses and should be punished; we consider same-sex behavior in consensual adult relationships another matter.

Since the Bible clearly states that homosexual behavior was not part of God’s creative intent for human sexual expression, the Christian church must remain a safe, compassionate and confidential place. If homosexual behavior and knowledge of such behavior is criminalized and prosecuted, as proposed in this bill, church and ministry leaders will be unable to assist hurting men, women and youth who might otherwise seek help in addressing this personal issue. The Christian church must be permitted to extend the love and compassion of Christ to all, regardless of an individual’s adherence to scripture. We believe that such legislation would make this mission a difficult, if not impossible, task to carry out.

Many of us, and those we know and work with, have personally struggled with same-sex attractions and some have lived as gay-identified individuals, but we have since found a new identity in Jesus Christ. We now live our lives to reflect the transformation that is available to those who submit their mind, will and emotions to the Lordship of Christ. We sincerely believe that such transformation cannot be achieved in an environment of government coercion where the vital support, care and compassion of the Christian community is discouraged and prosecuted. In addition, it wasn’t through coercion that Christ set us free, but through the gracious invitation He extended to us for relationship and the freedom He gave us to choose our own path.

Alan Chambers
President
Exodus International

Rev. Bob Ragan
Director
Regeneration of Northern Virginia
Chairman of the Board, Exodus International
Exodus Membership Council

Mike Goeke
Counseling Pastor
Stonegate Fellowship
Vice Chairman of the Board, Exodus International

Jayson Graves, M.MFT
Christian counselor & Neurotherapist
Healing for the Soul
Secretary of the Board, Exodus International

Ron Dennis
Director
Theophilus Ministries
Board Member, Exodus International
Also a Founding Board Member of Exodus International

Clark and Martha Whitten
Pastor
Grace Church
Treasurer of the Board, Exodus International

Jeff Winter
Board Member, Exodus International
Founder, One by One

Don and Diana Schmierer
Board Members, Exodus International

Bob Stith
National Strategist for Gender Issues
Southern Baptist Convention
Chairman of the Board , Living Hope Ministries
Board Member, Exodus International

Melissa A. Ingraham, MA, NCC
Mental Health Counselor
Christian Counseling Center

McKrae Game
Executive Director
Truth Ministry

Dave and Diane Rasmussen
Co-Directors
Simon Ministries

Tony Moore
Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator
Exodus International

Tommy Corman
Executive Director
Love In Action International

Jim Katsoudas
Executive Director
Clean Heart Ministries

Kenny Warkentin
Resource Outreach Coordinator
Living Waters Central Region

Gregory C. Wallace
Executive Director
Hope & New Life Ministries

Mark Culligan
Founder
New Hearts Outreach

Tammi Wilds
Interim Director
New Hearts Outreach

Ryan Ortega
Client Relations & Technical Support
New Hearts Outreach

Bob Jones,
Executive Director
Fresh Word Ministries

Ron Smith
Director
New Hope Ministries

Russell Willingham
Executive Director
New Creation Ministries

Mike Levenhagen
Director
Reclamation Resource Center

Richard Holloman
Executive Director
The Sight Ministry

Billie Jimenez
Florida Regional Coordinator
Exodus International

Judy Williams
Co-director
In His Time Ministry

Sonia Balcer
Director
Safe Passage

Warren Lamb, Th.M.
Pastor, Truth In Love Fellowship
Director, Vancouver Bible Institute

Stephen Black
Director
First Stone Ministries
Exodus Membership Council

Jim Venice
Executive Director
Pure Heart Ministries

Jerry Armelli
Director
Prodigal Ministries

Michael R. Newman
Executive Director
Christian Coalition for Reconciliation

Allen Hildreth
Director
Walking in Freedom Ministries

Lewis E. Palmer & Carol A. Palmer
Director and Co-Director
Love and Grace Ministry

Jim Duran
Lead Pastor
The River Community

Joe Dallas
Genesis Biblical Counseling
Tustin, CA

Dean Greer
National Coordinator, Living Waters USA
Desert Stream Ministries

Patrick Kennedy
Co-Director
Bright Hope Ministries

Jason Thompson
Executive Director
Portland Fellowship

Katherine M. Allen
Founder/Executive Director
Sought Out, Inc.

Nancy K. Stanfield Brown
Exodus Regional Co-ordinator -Texas Region
Life+Guard Ministries Office Manager

Tammie Blanchette
Damascus Road Ministry Director
Park Avenue Baptist Church

Leslie Gunby
CEO
Waiting Room Minister
Exodus International Regional Coordinator

Tye Gamey
Director
Living Waters Canada Central Region

Bonnie Doebley
Director
Out of the Depths Ministry

Randy Thomas
Executive Vice President
Exodus International

Paula Mcnabb
Director of Business and Public Affairs
Exodus International

David Fountain
Senior Director of Communications and Events
Exodus International

Leslie Chambers
Director of Ministry Events
Exodus International

Chris Stump
Director of Exodus Books
Exodus International

Jeff Buchanan
Director of Church Association
Exodus International

Angela Buchanan
Director of Communications
Exodus International

Kristin Tremba
Director of One By One
Exodus International

Karen Booth
Director of Transforming Congregations
Exodus International

Dr. Marc Dillworth
Director of the Professional Counselor Network
Exodus International

Terri Brown
Director of Exodus Membership
Exodus International

Karen Eaglin
Director of Equipping Events
Exodus International

Paul Webster
Director of Ministry Advancement
Exodus International

Yvette Schneider
Director of Women’s Ministry
Exodus International

Amber Russelburg
Exodus International

Melissa Condrey
Exodus International

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PLUS:

Dr. Warren Throckmorton has started a Facebook group as a central point for news and information on the subject.

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