The Gay commission contributors - blog &/or audio
So you were once a missionary or in ministry, or maybe you still are, but you don’t feel quite at home in it because of your gender or sexual orientation. We would love to share your story.
Here is how you can spill all of the tea for us efficiently if you are lacking direction:
1: Introduce yourself (please include pronouns, how you identify) and let us know if you wish to remain anonymous. Feel free to let us know who you served with, or in what capacity you served in missions/ministry. What got you into missions and/or vocational ministry?
2: In what ways did the Church’s traditional teaching of gender or sexual identity impact your faith journey?
3: What effects did it have on you?
4: What happened when you came out? Were you ostracised from your community? What was it like?
5: How have you come to terms with loving yourself for who you are?
5a: How has your perspective on life, faith, etc. changed after allowing yourself to be you?
NOTE: For legal reasons, please do not use names of individuals. If you do, we will censor it.
The blocks below are there to help you write your thoughts out before recording - they will not save anything (We are not that good at coding). When you are comfortable, press record below and follow the instructions. Please note: you only get 90 seconds. We’re sorry. Not our rule. To ensure your submission is right at or under 90 seconds, try keeping each answer under 60 words should you need to write it out before recording it. You can expand the text areas to see the entire thing during recording. No need to tell the entire story, just the most cohesive bullet points of the three categories.
***The not preferred, but if it is better faster and easier for you route to get us audio, (and you need more than 90 seconds) — record it on your own recording rig or Voice Memos app on your iPhone and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org***