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This Seventh-day Adventist community is a sub-community of the
It consists of Christians with SDA connections who have a primary
attraction to their own gender and believe that sexual activity is to be
confined to heterosexual marriage. Subscribers support and encourage
each other in celibacy or marriage and may or may not identify as gay or
lesbian. Heterosexual supporters are welcome and appreciated. The list
is not meant to be a forum to discuss whether or not same-gender
sexual activity is appropriate. It is assumed that it is not.
GLADventist functions like a private side-room of GLOWfriends
for the discussion of specifically Adventist concerns. Since most of
the discussion and fellowship tends to take place on GLOWfriends,
we like to subscribe all applicants to GLOWfriends, as well as to
the specific sub-list. If you indicate your church affiliation as
"Seventh-day Adventist," when when you fill out the
AmongFriends Subscription Form, we will add you to our GLADventist
list as well as the GLOWfriends list and one of the
gender-specific lists -- GLOWguys (moderated by Ralph) or GLOWwomyn
(moderated by Inge). You only need to fill out one
form-- either the one for AmongFriends or the one for GLADventist
Posting Guide Lines
are much the same as for the other lists. Click
here for details.
You may apply to GLADventist and the
other AmongFriends lists by clicking on the YahooGroups
icon at the bottom of this
page, and you will receive an email asking you for further info. Or you
may skip that step and simply click on the Subscription
Form link at the bottom of the page and fill it out. Your
subscription to the lists will be activated as soon as we are assured
that you will fit into our email community.
- This list is
dedicated to the proposition that God loves lesbian and gay people
unconditionally in spite of many messages from representatives of the
church that have presented a contrary view. Thus this list is
intended to focus on the love of God and on building a personal
relationship with Him. God has shown unconditional love to us long
before we responded to Him, and we would like to see members of this
net reflect that unconditional love to each other. We hope that when
subscribers post to this list, they will keep in mind that God's Love
is Our Witness - GLOW!
- We understand that same-gender attractions are real and not just a
chosen behavior. They are an integral part of an individual and
- This list is meant for sharing, not persuading others to
think differently. We want this to be an absolutely safe place where
members can share even very personal things -- joys, sorrows,
pain, victories and defeats -- without fear of being judged or
receiving unsolicited criticism.
- We believe that God designed sex to be a component of the
life-long bond between one man and one woman. Thus the main thrust
of this mailing list is the support of gay people but not of gay
sexual activity. However, we deplore the attitude that gay sexual
activity is somehow worse than heterosexual activity outside of
God's plan. Thus persons involved in same-gender sexual activity
should not meet with condemnation, but with love and compassion, as
it is only thus that any of us can begin to understand the
unconditional love of the Savior -- the only One that can meet the
love-hunger of the soul.
- We recognize that many gay people have had very negative
experiences in connection with the Adventist church, and they should
be free to tell their personal stories without being criticized. Yet
we also believe that focusing on negatives hampers spiritual growth,
and we expect to give loving support to those who have gone through
bitter experiences while we direct their attention to a
compassionate Savior who loves them unutterably. IOW, we do not
expect this list to focus on what's wrong with the Adventist church.
- It is our dream that subscribers will find such loving support in
this list that they may be freed to grow into their God-given
potential in Christ. We hope that the atmosphere on this list will
facilitate "bearing one another's burdens," encouraging
one another and lifting each other up in prayer.
- We also dare to dream that the support of this list may give some
subscribers the courage to be "out" to their fellow church
members in such a manner as to gain their understanding and respect.
This would fulfill our dream that there would be role models for our
young people to follow when they discover that they, too, have
same-gender erotic attractions.
- Since this list is designed specifically for those who value the
Adventist vision of Christianity, we expect that specifically
Adventist issues will be discussed. And we hope that the experience
of this list may help subscribers to better understand the doctrines
of the Seventh-day Adventist church in a Christ-centered context.
Such an understanding will go far to erase the fears that have
haunted gay SDA people throughout their lives. And it will prepare a
people to give the "last message of mercy to the world" --
a message carried in lives reflecting the love of Christ.( For some
of the best information on the current state of Adventism browse
on the Open Directory Project.)
Yours in His love
and the moderator team
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This form is on our own site. It gives space to share a
little more information. The more you tell us, the better we can support
03 Jun 2010 02:10 PM