Ethics for Gay Christians?: The Seventh-day Adventist Experience

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, like many conservative denominations, has officially rejected homosexuality and its members who practice homosexuality. The Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual states that “…homosexual practices, and lesbian practices are among the obvious perversions of God’s original plan” [1990: 147]. To what extent does this church help its homosexual members with the ethical issues…… Continue reading Ethics for Gay Christians?: The Seventh-day Adventist Experience

Kinship: Meeting Student Needs at PUC, 1985-87

A new awareness of the needs of the gay and lesbian students at Pacific Union College in Northern California has emerged among administrators, faculty, pastoral staff, and the student body over the past two years. One outgrowth of this has been the establishment of a non-judgmental “listening ear” counselling and support system known officially as…… Continue reading Kinship: Meeting Student Needs at PUC, 1985-87

When the General Conference Sued SDA Kinship: KINSHIP GOES TO TRIAL

Kinship was formed in 1976, and shortly afterwards, through a ballot among its members, chose the name “Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International” as best describing its members and constituency. It incorporated as a not-for-profit religious corporation in California early in 1981. Towards the end of 1981 the General Conference trademarked the name “Seventh-day Adventist”, which it…… Continue reading When the General Conference Sued SDA Kinship: KINSHIP GOES TO TRIAL

Gay Activists in The Churches: Seventh-Day Adventist Kinship International, Inc

A conservative estimate of the proportion of homosexuals in the population at large is 5 percent; some researchers place it as high as 10 percent1. It is my informed estimate that the proportion of persons with strong homosexual inclinations among teenagers growing up in the Seventh-day Adventist church and other similar religious groups is higher…… Continue reading Gay Activists in The Churches: Seventh-Day Adventist Kinship International, Inc

“IS THIS OUR CONCERN?” HIV/AIDS and International Seventh-day Adventism

Ronald Lawson Department of Urban Studies Queens College, CUNY A paper read at the meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Pittsburgh, August 1992 For PDF Click here: AIDS and International Seventh-day Adventism. The Problem Summers were a time of fear during the polio crisis of the ­1950s–but Seventh-day Adventists were at the forefront of…… Continue reading “IS THIS OUR CONCERN?” HIV/AIDS and International Seventh-day Adventism

The Troubled Career of an “Ex-Gay” Healer: Colin Cook, Seventh-day Adventists, and the Christian Right

Ronald Lawson, Ph.D.  Queens College, CUNY This paper was presented at the meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco on August 22, 1998. Updated, October 14, 2007 For PDF Click Here: The Troubled Career of an Ex-Gay Healer Abstract This paper examines the goals, dynamics, and effectiveness of “ex-gay ministries” and their supporters through…… Continue reading The Troubled Career of an “Ex-Gay” Healer: Colin Cook, Seventh-day Adventists, and the Christian Right

The Caring, Welcoming Church? The Seventh-day Adventist Church and its Homosexual Members

Ronald Lawson For PDF Click Here: The Caring, Welcoming Church? Introduction In 1983, Charles Bradford, the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, invented a new slogan, which was disseminated widely: Adventism styled itself “The Caring Church.”1 Some twenty years later, the newly reelected president of the world church, Jan Paulsen, preaching on…… Continue reading The Caring, Welcoming Church? The Seventh-day Adventist Church and its Homosexual Members