For what seems like an eternity, the Christian church has possessed a heavily guarded sealed box. It is made not of wood or steel but of something far more impenetrable: doctrines of the church regarding its beliefs on homosexuality.

The box contains the errant thoughts and prejudices of five centuries, permitting church leaders and members to ostracize, demean, and criminalize their own. This box must be opened, the contents examined, and its errant beliefs changed so more pain is not inflicted on Gay Christians in the future. When the Christian community begins to understand what the scriptures truly say only then will the Gay Christian be fully welcomed as part of the family of faith. It is time for the church to extend grace to the gay community, the same grace God freely gives to all.

About the Book

The Peace Seeker is a groundbreaking vivid memoir of growing up as a gay Christian during the last several decades. The book chronicles the author’s journey toward self-acceptance of her sexual orientation and then her pursuit…

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Susan E. Gilmore

Susan E. Gilmore is an activist, businesswoman, and Christian church worker who graduated from bible college in the early 1980s with a degree in biblical studies. At that time, she planned a career in Christian work but subsequently…

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Susan E. Gilmore

Susan E. Gilmore is an activist, businesswoman, and Christian church worker who graduated from bible college in the early 1980s with a degree in biblical studies. At that time, she planned a career in Christian work but subsequently…

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We Marched Because

Posted by Susan Gilmore on Jan 28, 2017

It is January 21st, 2017, the day after the election of Donald J. Trump as our 45th president; it is the day of the Women’s March on Washington. I wanted to go and was all set to get up before dawn to make my way to the capital when I heard there would also be a March in Philadelphia. Call me lazy; call me not as dedicated to the cause as I should be, but to be able to be to my destination within an hour and home before midnight seemed a task equal to my commitment. What was the draw? What made it so important for a Christian never-before protestor to join thousands of others in what seemed like an endless sea of humanity? It was simple, I needed to do something. On the night of the election I had watched in disbelief as the map of the 50 states glowed red, going to bed uncertain about the America I thought I knew. It was a shock to the system, yet I tried to be open minded asking myself; “What had I missed about the president elect that others had seen?” And yet as each day passed I became more convinced that some kind of magical power had been unleashed across our nation, a magical power that brought blindness to what seemed blatant. When the election statistics began to unfold the real truth was too much for me to take in. If the data was correct eighty four percent of evangelicals voted for Mr. Trump. How could this be? The crassness had been overlooked. The immorality was disregarded....

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You Are Good

Posted by Susan Gilmore on Jan 27, 2017

I worshiped in an Evangelical church this morning. Like hundreds of these types of churches across the nation I stood in the dark singing to the words that came up on the screen. The music rose from the drums, keyboard and guitars at decibels that enveloped the congregation and ushered each of us to the throne of the almighty. I stood with tears running down my face, belting out the words to; King of My Heart, by John Mark Mcmillan and Sarah Mcmillan. “May the king of my heart be the wind inside my sails, the anchor in the waves, Yes, He is my song. “You are good, good, ohhh. “ This is a typical Sunday morning in the kind of church that I attend, but there is nothing standard about my attendance. Today I picked a church just large enough that I could go in anonymity. I slip in just before it starts and go directly to the door and out into the parking lot at the end of the final song. I do not dare to stop at the booths that line the hallway asking for new members to “life groups,” or new volunteers for outreach, if I did someone might find my weakness. If I did someone might get to know who I really am. I have picked this church because I know, at least for a few weeks I will not be asked my name or noticed as a new attender. In this church I can meet my God as the dark sanctuary welcomes me. The others around me don’t know my story I am...

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Victory But the Questions Remain…

Posted by Susan Gilmore on Jul 7, 2015

As the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage last week the elation born from freedom and justice found me and rang out true and strong in my heart and mind. Even though I was in an important meeting at work my body would not let me hold back the tears that crept into my eyes and the smile that plastered itself on my face. It was real, it was a pinch myself moment, this really happened. But as the joy of victory came so did the questions. Polarizing? Yes, the decision was in favor but even the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 when they cast their votes holding firm to their interpretation of our national constitution. National polls also seem to indicate a similar percentage for the U.S. population, it is in favor but the margins are far from overwhelming. Would this wake the sleeping giant? I wondered would there be backlash from the Christian population? Over the last few years while the Gay Rights movement was growing, the conservative Christian church has appeared apathetic to the subject. Whether it was out of apathy or a sense of unchallengeable superiority the Church has remained relatively silent. It has continued on the same path it has held for over a hundred years, an unspoken reality, homosexuality is sin, period. There was no need to discuss, it was understood by all who preached and all who attended. The sleeping giant is stirring, but is it too late? From the inside of a church community I am observing a strange reality. A quiet questioning, individuals silently slowly wondering if what they...

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