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June 10, 2009

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June 10, 2009

If I had to describe the work of GCN in one word it would be: reconciliation. The Gay Christian Network helped me reconcile my faith with my sexuality when I thought it would never be possible. I believed that I would have to live the rest of my life torn right down the center of who I am. I found GCN, almost accidentally, at a time when I wasn't sure I wanted to continue to live if living meant that I would have to never be completely me. I am thankful for the forum to be able to express myself, and the network of other Christian gay people whose presence is a reminder to me that God sees past what humans often can't. In addition to my personal experience, I believe GCN is making a profound impact in the area of reconciling the church with its gay members who have had to hide in the shadows for fear of their own brothers and sisters in Christ. GCN helps gay Christians experience their faith completely, and realize that they are a complete part of the body of Christ - a birthright of all believers as a result of their faith. This is changing how the "family feud" in the church is fought. People who are whole, and have real and vibrant faith, reach out in love and break down walls that anger and resentment never can.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own personal life, and in the lives of its other members.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep up the awesome work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It was extremely instrumental in saving my life!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, compassionate, thoughtful, sincere, encouraging, and loving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save even more people from lives of despair! GCN could host more events, produce more material, and expand opportunities for connecting with people through its website and other outlets.

Ways to make it better...

I would have found GCN sooner!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not being as well known as it should/will be. Also, being a largely electronically-connected group, I am concerned that it doesn't get the consistent support it could use to grow.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I thank God for GCN.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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As the "war of words" has seemed to heat up between gays and the church, GCN is the one place I know of that is trying to build bridges rather than reinforce the walls, and does it in as close to a 'live' format as possible. I reconnected with GCN almost a year ago during a personal crisis and instantly found people willing to befriend me, walk with me through my pain or just listen without judging. I began to heal emotionally and mentally as a direct result of the support I gained on GCN. And a few months later found myself offering the same kind of encouragement and support to others going through various kinds of pain. The variety of opportunities for involvement is almost limitless: prayer support, fun and games, discussion forums on almost any topic you can imagine- both serious and light, idle chit-chat to serious debate. I have made friends with people literally around the world. There are tons of resources through posted essays, podcasts of "GCN radio" and videos, helpful resource links to books and other information. In short, GCN has been a lifeline, both literally and figuratively. More than once I and others have been able to encourage someone musing over suicide. I've even opened my home to new GCN friends from out of state, as well as enjoyed local gatherings over dinner and games with GCN'ers in my city. I have talked up GCN to all my gay friends at church and elsewhere, as well as several straight friends who seem open to actually learning more about what it means to be gay and Christian, and how the two can actually coexist and reconcile.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life in receiving encouragement, emotional and spiritual support, resources in the form of books, dvd's, etc. and in the establishment of many new and growing friendships.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spend a lot more money on publicizing it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the personal interaction on the message boards and opportunity to make new friends.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

regular folks and easy to relate to.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

upgrade its tech support and website capacity and capabilities, hire more staff to help run and develop the site, produce more and better educational products and programs, broaden its "live" outreach by producing more regional & international conferences

Ways to make it better...

I had known about it years ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and adapting to a membership that is growing exponentially around the world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization has the potential to literally rock the world in helping bridge the gap between LGBT communities and "The Church"

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 10, 2009

Growing up in a religious environment and later discovering your sexuality is at odds with that can be a painful and dangerous experience. Five years ago I found GCN while I was going through such a period and it may have saved my life. If nothing else, it certainly improved my quality of life by providing a space where I was free to be myself and explore my questions and doubts honestly. Since then I've found some of the most amazing friends through the ministry and I wholeheartedly believe in the work they do. The heart and attitude with which they engage both the gay and Christian community is very much what I imagine Christ's response would be. That's in sharp contrast to the tact that many of the mainline churches and preachers take regarding controversial issues such as sexuality.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge impact on the way Christians view the topic of homosexuality. The resources the leadership have produced are the best I've ever encountered on the subject. Already so much is done with so little. I can't imagine how much more could be done!

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GCN helps us heal. We heal spiritually and psychologically by being able to talk with each other about our lives. Across our various Christian faith traditions -- Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, various Protestant, ando others --- we've shared a common experience. We lift each other up and empower each other. We find solutions to our problems, and we find heroic role models like Justin and like Pentecostal pastor Romell Weekly, who kept 60% of his St. Louis congregation after coming out. Today, 86% of Americans self-identify themselves as Christians. The most important service is being performed for its 12,000 members by GCN.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping me reconcile my sexuality with my Christian faith.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise more money and expand all the existing services.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Connecting with so many fine people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always helpful and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of gay Christians.

Ways to make it better...

I'd gotten an introductory e-mail telling me all about the site.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough financial resources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Romell Weekly is my new hero, and I found out about him on GCN.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 10, 2009

GCN is a great place to be. It offers support for those who are trying to reconcile their faith with their sexuality. At times the members almost can seem like a family with the way we support one another. There are a number of things discussed on the site that can be fun and then there are some things that can be very informative.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mending the hearts of those who a lot of the heterosexual Christians have hurt. Being a support system for people who could use it.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ease up just a hair on some of the rules for the boards. But not much.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Growing stronger in my faith and having support of my peers who understand my situations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Out going loving people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand and touch more lives.

Ways to make it better...

The site had less leaning towards the left in support of the president and then saying it doesn't support politics.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Bridging the gap between mainstream Christianity and the gay community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Justin, the guy in charge is a fantastic guy who has been exceptionally giving to the gay and Christian community both.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 10, 2009

GCN is not just a web community of gay and lesbian Christians (and allies), but we're a close knit family. In addition to providing a safe haven to ask questions to help foster our faith, GCN is instrumental in helping build self esteem, friendships and healthy, Christ-centered lives each and every day.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way people are able to grow as individuals in their faith and self-esteem. GCN offers sensitivity when necessary, privacy to those who need it, and abundant love to all.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the strong sense of spiritual direction this group has and the knowledge that not only is my presence benefiting me, but by sharing of myself, I am also benefiting others who are looking to serve Jesus Christ who just so happen to be gay.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous, helpful, extremely friendly and complimentary to every member. Everything on GCN and behind its founding is done with love.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach gay, lesbian and allied Christians in all corners of the globe, expanding awareness about gays and lesbian in ministry and how we are not that different from the straight members of our church.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Like Nikki, I am a straight ally and have been involved with GCN for about three years. The value I see for furthering my ministry is twofold. I have firsthand relationships with a group I am trying to fight for justice for and I have a place where I can point people to. Several times a week, I am able to say in person, e mail on the internet "do you know about GCN, got to ..." It is a wonderful social community and resource.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of people who know they are acceptable to God.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

need to be gay and God didn't make me that way.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the relationships and the information I can access

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful examples of the Jesus I follow.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

saves more lives in the LGBT community be getting the message out that they were created by God an acceptable to Him

Ways to make it better...

no complaint here, none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

appealing to a wide range of Christian backgrounds when so many are rejected by their own denomination. In the real world , denominations spar and somehow it is all managed on line a GCN. how do they do that?

One thing I'd also say is that...

Justin Lee is one of the finest people I have ever met.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 10, 2009

I'm a straight ally, but I see God doing so many good things here. My own faith has been strengthened by the members,and I know that GCN will continue to be a apart of promoting God's love and LGBT acceptance. I am so proud to be a witness to so many amazing journey's!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

just everyday things. You hear stories of how people are finally able to accept that God loves them for who they are, no matter what.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

re-hire Justin and go to Hawaii. Justin and the board of directors do an AMAZING job!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The truly unconditional love that you see expressed everyday.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome! Everyone is so committed to GCN's mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do some really awesome things! I couldn't even go into detail. If I ever win the lottery, GCN is the first place I'm sending my money!

Ways to make it better...

no real complaints.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Managing growth, while still allowing people to feel a sense of community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there may be alot of negative things, but at the end of the day, GCN is still doing good things,everyday. Keep moving forward!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 10, 2009

The Gay Christian Network allows not only a safe place for gays but something more! They are naturally progressive through their feelings and experiences. They are driven by God in truth and light. This community of people does not hide themselves or seek refuge here.. They go out into the community raising awareness and breaking down walls people have set up. These wonderful people treat each other with respect and take their work in the church seriously.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way they approach the tough topic of gay in the church. They make us feel empowered.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be over joyed with the love...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They break down the walls of the church. They build people to become their own voice.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open and friendly encouraging and engaging

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save gay youths from the harmful communities of homophobic churches. Allow their talented staff to speak to the world. Give Gay christians a loud and present voice in the church and in their community.

Ways to make it better...

We would of been their longer !

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money.. and acceptance in the church

One thing I'd also say is that...

They love what they do, and love helping people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 10, 2009

GCN has provided me a place to learn, explore and love not only the GLBT community but God as well.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing clarity to the different approaches people take to the Bible and homosexuality, with love and grace rather than malice and division.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

pray daily for unity within the church and ask to be a vital part of that.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know other gay Christians who love God and seek Him diligently.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and unassuming, gracious to different ways of thinking than their own.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

sow into the Kingdom of God through social justice acts such as by digging wells in Africa, as well as bring publicity to themselves and their cause, because our own oppression is not the only issue facing us as gay Christians.

Ways to make it better...

I had joined the discussion boards sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

social pressures from the Church at large.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am glad to finally have a place to join in community with other gay Christians. I never had that before in any large scale.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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