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    2012 heralds a year of big changes for me; also for “Courage”, the ministry I began in February 1988. Perhaps the most significant month will be September 2012 in that it marks 25 years since I left my job as a full-time professional photographer to start a totally new life —supporting, ministering to LGBT Christians. I began working on a trainee basis with Love in Action, founded & directed by Frank Worthen, based at that time in San Rafael California.

    Courage itself began in February 1988, and became part of the “ex-gay” movement, endeavouring to help people not to be gay anymore or at least to live a celibate life, according to the requirements of our traditional theology. Courage has already been through one metamorphosis, around the turn of the Millennium, when I felt bound to declare our “change of approach”—because my conviction was that we were doing more harm than good, and we needed to accept our gay sexuality as a gift of God. From then on, we continued our Christian pilgrimage, in the belief that God accepts us as we are. Moreover, we understood that the kind of change God seeks in his disciples is a change of heart, not change of sexual orientation. A change of heart means moving away from a self-centred life towards a Christ-centred life. as Paul put it, rhe evidence of that change being, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22,23) Because, as Paul teaches, “Against such things there is no law.”

    For more details of the background, read my articles “History of Courage” and “The Times they are a’Changin”.

    This new website is a means of keeping in touch with friends, supporters, enquirers etc.

    I am planning to be publish short articles on this blog from time to time, monthly at least, plus other information that may be of interest to readers, supporters, former Courage members and no doubt many more.

    So, watch this space!

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