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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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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“Christians Protecting Christians from Christians”

Posted by Susan Gilmore on Jan 31, 2015

There is a network in our country and around the world that is almost doubling in size each year. This is not a social media network, there are no pictures of kittens riding bicycles or what food anyone had for dinner. This is not a network of business professionals being linked together for purposes of greater sales. This isn’t even a network of people saying meaningful things in short cryptic sentences. Instead, this network is something far more lasting, its goal is to change lives, to be a place of safety, and most importantly to remind them that God is love. This powerful spiritual force is the Gay Christian Network. I had the privilege of attending my second GCN Conference last month. After what I had experienced the year before, I couldn’t wait to get there. My first conference was an eye opening, confirming taste of nirvana. To be in a room with over seven hundred Gay Christians, to share our pain, to hear our stories, to melt into the joy at the time we had together made my heart sing and my spirit rejoice. None of us were alone anymore. We stood together shoulder to shoulder singing psalms of praise at the top of our lungs believing that we too were beloved ones of the King of King’s. We proclaimed, we are Gay and we are Christian. This year almost 1400 strong we met in Portland. The speakers were thought provoking, funny and spiritually uplifting. They spoke of the continued shunning and ostracism, throughout the Christian church but they also spoke of hope and the signs of change...

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Gays Have a Place in the Kingdom of God

Posted by Susan Gilmore on Nov 13, 2014

I really must change my homepage at work. Those scrolling news articles are too much for me to overlook. One inevitably grabs my attention and I just have to click to see more of what it is really all about. Recently an article in the New York Times about the Catholic Synod caught my attention. Pope Francis in his usual fashion of shaking things up at the Vatican had really freaked some cardinals out with statements regarding divorced individuals and homosexuals. He stated that the catholic church should be more compassionate to individuals in those lifestyles. The cardinals in turn either sided with the pope or stood firm in outrage holding fast to the church doctrine that those who were divorced were committing adultery and that gays were an abomination. I continued on finishing the article and pretty much realized that nothing on either subject was going to change any time soon, but that I was glad they were at least broaching the subject. Since I read the article on line there was a section beneath for comments. Yes, I am still at work, but I could not help myself from reading on. The comments shook down to four types. People who were pontificating, while really having no clue what they were saying. People that did seem to know what they were talking about. People that were trying to learn something and people who were down right nasty. I am not sure who has time for all this commenting but someone was saying something so horrendous to another human being that I could not keep my mouth shut. I...

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