What I Learned at Oriented to Love

by Tim Timmerman

communityIn 2011 I participated in a discussion with 12 folks who approach the topic of homosexuality and our Christian faith from different perspectives. This was put together by Evangelicals for Social Action; the gathering was called "Oriented to Love" and was run by PRISM magazine editor Kristyn Komarnicki. Our discussion was deep and thoughtful.

Here are some thoughts I left our gathering with:

  • Community and conversation can take interesting forms.
  • To love someone is to be willing to walk with them in their pain.
  • Sexuality and specifically homosexuality is COMPLICATED. It is not something that can be addressed or engaged with shallow comments and actions.
  • No one gets to choose whom they will fall in love with. Whether by family of origin issues, proclivities, or the like, wanting to be connected relationally to another person is not something you largely get to choose. It is what it is. In my opinion, we can only choose how we will do that, and what we will determine is the most loving and Christ-like response in walking with one another in love.
  • Sex is sacred and has been degraded in our culture to a profound degree.
  • We need community PROFOUNDLY in order to survive and succeed as human beings.

Tim Timmerman is a visual artist and professor of art at George Fox University in Newberg, Oreg. He participated in ESA's first Oriented to Love dialogue in 2011. The image here is the author's own and can be found on his blog, A Bigger World Yet

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