The Augusta (GA) Chronicle posted a story today on the African American church in America and its continuing struggle with homosexuality. Its a great write up which I’m sure is part of renewed media interest in current religious affairs particularly in the wake of the Bishop Eddie Long lawsuits.
Darryl L. Foster was near suicide after leaving the church. He was gay, black and Christian.
“I was left thinking I was going to hell with no other options,” he said. “The gay community is attractive when the church turns its back on you.”
Years later, he went on to found Witness Freedom Ministries in Atlanta, which attempts to lead men and women out of homosexuality.
Foster says the loneliness he suffered in those years was a product of the pervasive denial of homosexuality in black churches.
You can read the complete article here.
On Saturday, October 9th —Sex and Sexuality II — a special interest public discussion on homosexuality and the church is being sponsored by Greensboro, NC based Securing Hope Ministries. The forum will feature remarks and apologetics from both sides of the homosexuality argument including Bishop Donagrant McCluney and Pastor DL Foster.
Go here for more information on all the participating speakers and panelists, location and times.