i have been a member of WHOSOEVER for sometime now. I happen to find it by looking up the church GARDEN OF GRACE UCC when my partner and I married in Nov.2005 by Pastor Andy Sidden. When I found WHOSOEVER I thought it was just wonderful! Helpful information, great articles, wonderful answers and scripture references dealing with same sex love. Rev. Chellew-Hodge is an awesome writer with a tickling gut laughing sense of humor. I love the fact that they have the whosoever rainbow fish groups for online support groups and networking. I have meet some of the greatest people through it. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!
I found Whosoever through the book "Bullet-proof Faith" I am a middleage Christian convert & was blown away by the book so I googled Candace's name & found her online ministry. I felt supported by the online community & the volunteers there.
I have been a member of Whosever.org for approximatley 8 years (I think). It is a great resource for Christian perspectives on current issues realted to GLBT concerns. The owner of the site and publisher of the e-zine is approachable and very understanding of the challenges of life related to GLBT issues. The e-zine provides articles authored by people from all walks of life which bring a freshness to each issue.
I came from a very conservative background (cross old Roman Catholic and Fundamentalist Baptist with Pentecostal). I found the website after I had come out and had started planning for my wedding (to my girlfriend). I had pretty much given up on finding a church to attend and other Christians to talk to. Whosoever was a blessing. I found the support I needed and may have found a church I can feel comfortable attending.
Wanting a place to go that was a "safe" haven to worship and praise God, I found Whosoever Ministries. In this world, gays and lesbians where gays and lesbians seem to be marginalized, we stand alone most of the time. We are shunned by our parents, left out by our peers for our belife systems, and put down by co-workers when we say, "I am Christian too." Many say, what a strange dicotomy did you say Christian? Yes, gay and proud, and Christian too! Willing to stand up for our rights, and willing to die for the Lord. Candy Jacobson
I have been a fan of Whosoever since it was a newsletter. I found out about them while I was active in leadership with ECWR. I continue to read their materials, the blogs and interact with the leaders. I regularly recommend their site to those I encounter who are struggling with the reconciliation of the faith and sexual orientation.
This organization helped to save my life by connecting me with safe GLBT Christians. I came out in the context of a fundamentalist Christian background and was treated like a criminal. My writings and reading others helped to bring necessary healing. I have also finished a book called, "The Rude Awakening" that I hope to get published soon so that others in the GLBT and allied community will have some sense of how some Christians respond to people who affirm non-heterosexuality. This organization helped me to return home to my faith and love for Jesus Christ and helped me to see how expansive the Love of God truly is. I also feel more equipped to respond to the rhetoric and fear of the Fundamentalists now and am able to pray for the very people who wounded me in my past.
We all need a place to read our stories. Sometime we have a need to write our story and share it with others. Whosoever.org is that kind of a place. I can read about the struggles and thoughts that others have had wrestling with faith and sexuality. I can share my own wrestling with the theology with them. Giving voice to our innermost thoughts and feelings related to our faith and sexuality is the blessing of Whosoever to all who come in contact with this organization.
Whosoever Ministries is wonderful. I love going to this site to experience God's love for all of us, including myself as a Lesbian. I love reading the articles in each issue. Thanks and God Bless you for being here for us.
It can be very lonely for a gay person as well as any GLTQ person who has been asked to leave a church or in my case a number of churches because I dare to admit to who and what I am. The answers to both who and what are simply ME! Whosoever's ministry has been an inspiration and and a lifeline to me when I felt deep despare and lonliness and a yearning for fellowship with other christians. Whosoever have introduced me to people over the net who have become friends and I have learnt not to be ashamed of myself because our heavenly Father loves me and like all people who accept Jesus as Lord I have become justified in the Fathers sight. Thanks Whosoever for your support
Whosoever Ministries inc. is an essential resource for LGBT christians. I have been using the website for many months now and find it a great source of encouragement and inspiration. I would even go further and say that it has taken me out of the isolation that many people feel who are Christian and Gay. As a gay christian from Ireland, I have not much direct contact with other LGBT christian groups. The website, email groups, and the podcasts make me feel that I am part of the organisation, even though I have not met any of the people who run it in person. The recorded sermons are a lifeline to someone who does not feel at home in their own local church. The resouce material is excellent, from the prayer and scripture material to the website itself which is very informative and easy to follow. I almost feel as if Candace is my own pastor, because I have listened to her podcasts and find her to be one of the most inspirational preachers that I have heard. I have received a very warm welcome on my local rainbow fish group mailing list. This is a group that puts God and the people it serves first and it inspires us who use it to do the same. It has turned my life around and made me feel good about being Christian and gay. I am glad that I have this opportunity to let other people know about it.
"Whosoever" is a superb resource, with many articles of relevance to LGBT people and allies, and for people who are in any way confused about the interaction between being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and being a Christian. Many writers, including clergy and lay people, as well as the editor herself, write provocative articles in each issue that meaningfully affirm LGBT people, and amply demonstrate that there is no inconsistency between being LGBT and being a Christian. This magazine is designed to empower and embolden people to realize that God is greater than homophobic rhetoric and actions; one's experience with God is far more important than the ignorant and often hateful messages propounded from all too many pulpits and other venues throughout the world; the Bible in no way condemns "homosexuality" as we understand that term today. This online magazine, "Whosoever," is first rate in every respect, as is its editor Candace Chellew-Hodge.
Whosoever Ministries, Inc. is an outstanding non-profit! It is accessible to anyone on the internet seeking to find guidance for their worries in regards to their sexuality and religion in a honest, thoughtful, and compassionate way. They helped to alleviate my anxieties about being both christian and a lesbian. They gave me strength with their words.
Whosoever Ministries is an online Christian magazine for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. It's positive, fully supportive message that the Gospel includes EVERYONE without exception is incredibly important to glbt Christians everywhere. It features excellent articles by some of the finest liberal Christian minds: John Spong, Rembert Truluck, and hundreds more. With religious bigots screaming hatred, Whosoever is a vital breath of fresh air to my community. It was extremely important to me when I came out, I cannot commend it highly enough.