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“Love Won Out” Scales Back

Jim Burroway

October 24th, 2009

Yesterday’s installment of CitizenLink gives a little more insight into the recent announcement that the Exodus International will take over the lead role from Focus On the Family for planning, producing and promoting the “Love Won Out” ex-gay conferences. That transfer of responsibilities also appears to signal a significant cutback in the scale and frequency of these conferences. According to Melissa Fryrear, who had served as director of the events:

Exodus will scale down the event and not offer as many sessions or include as many speakers.  They will, however, add sessions designed to more fully equip churches generally and pastors specifically.

She also said that the next Love Won Out event will be March 6 in San Diego, and another one will be announced in the Fall. This pace is down sharply from years past, when they normally would schedule about six Love Won Out conferences in various cities per year. Fryrear will continue to be a part of the conferences, serving as the keynote speaker.

See also:
Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word “Change” Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For “Change”

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GreenEyedLilo
October 24th, 2009 | LINK

See, good news can come from any source, even a Focus on the Family newsletter! Thanks for sifting through the trash for us to find this treasure!

(I went to one a few years ago for a LGBT newspaper and ended up feeling just sick for the children of anyone who took it to heart. I’ll enjoy my schadenfreude, thank you.)

David C.
October 24th, 2009 | LINK

This looks a lot like the sun-setting of a dying industry.

Christopher Waldrop
October 25th, 2009 | LINK

The irony is whenever I hear the name “Love Won Out” I always think it means the exact opposite of what the organization actually stands for. To me the name implies having learned to accept oneself and love others, but the organization itself promotes self-loathing and intolerance.

It’s false advertising.

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