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The Daily Agenda for Friday, June 21

Jim Burroway

June 21st, 2013

Restored Hope Network Annual Conference: Oklahoma City, OK. The Restored Hope Network, the nascent, more hard-core ex-gay rival to the Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Exodus, is kicking off its second annual conference in Oklahoma City today. With Exodus’s announcement Wednesday that it was disbanding after 37 years, RHN is certainly feeling its oats. In a press release issued yesterday, RHN crowed (PDF: 1 page):

We, the Board of Restored Hope Network, grieve the decision of Alan Chambers and the board of Exodus to close down this venerable organization. It feels like the unnecessary death of a dear friend. It would have been better for them to have stepped aside and allowed others to carry on the message of hope for transformed lives. Although the timing of the news was a surprise to many, the shutting down of Exodus is the not-unexpected outcome of a cheap grace theology that severs the confession of Christ as Savior from the confession of Christ as Lord.

While some falsely proclaim that a transformed life is optional for Christians, the united witness of Jesus and the writers of Scripture are clear: In God’s grace true saving faith results in a life of holiness and sexual purity. Thankfully God does not leave his people without a witness to the transforming power of Jesus Christ. The Restored Hope Network was formed in 2012 to provide just such a witness. We welcome all those cast adrift by recent events to know that God is still faithful.

“I am so thankful that Restored Hope Network exists at this time to continue the message of transformation and new life in Christ.”
–Frank Worthen, one of the founders of Exodus (1976) and of the Restored Hope Network (2012)

RHN’s conference will be held at Oklahoma City’s Cherokee Hills Baptist Church beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continues through Saturday.

Pride Celebrations This Weekend: Augusta, GA; Berlin, Germany; Biarritz, France; Chicago, IL; Columbia, SC (Black Pride); Columbus, OH; Durango, CO; Essex, UK; Fribourg, Switzerland; Gloucester, UK; Houston, TX; Knoxville, TN; Napa, CA; New Orleans, LA; Olympia, WA; Palermo, Italy; Regina, SK; Salisbury, NC; Santa Fe, NM; Skopje, Macedonia; Sofia, Bulgaria; Wausau, WIWilton Manors, FL.

AIDS Walks This Weekend: Oakland, CA.

Other Events This Weekend: Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco, CA.

Meredith Baxter: 1947. Her first big break on television was in 1972, when she stared as Bridget in the short-lived CBS sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie. After the series was cancelled, she married her co-star, David Birney, which made her Meridith Baxter-Birney. A few years later, she landed a part in the painfully earnest drama Family (the show is credited for inventing what has become the bane of too-self-important television, the “very special episodes”) before lightening up again as Alex P. Keaton’s mom on Family Ties. In between and afterwards, she starred in a number of made-for-TV movies and various television episodes.

Baxter divorced Birney in 1989, and she went back to using Meredith Baxter professionally. She married again in 1995, but divorced five years later. The National Enquirer reported in 2009 that Baxter was spotted on a lesbian cruise with a female friend. The ensuing speculation finally led to her coming out as a lesbian during an interview with Matt Lauer on Today. “I got involved with someone I never expected to get involved with, and it was that kind of awakening,” she said. “I never fought it because it was like, oh, I understand why I had the issues I had early in life. I had a great deal of difficulty connecting with men in relationships.” Her memoir, Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering, came out un 2011 in hardcover and Kindle editions, and was released again last year as a paperback.

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And feel free to consider this your open thread for the day. What’s happening in your world?



June 21st, 2013 | LINK

I assume that the Restored Hope Network has access to the data compiled buy Exodus International. The data that proves that conversion therapy does not work. That 99% plus aren’t able to change their sexual orientation. Isn’t there something about bearing false witness in the Ten Commandments, which in a way means thou shall not lie? Also, you might say they are committing fraud for financial gain. I don’t think Jesus would be happy.

June 21st, 2013 | LINK

” . . . and allowed others to carry on the message of hope for transformed lives.”

More like “hope for transformed lies.” Eeesh!

Charles, nice comment about the data! I’m guessing the folks at NARTH and RHN are too concerned about facts and data — only propagating their preconceived notions.

June 21st, 2013 | LINK

*not* too concerned about facts and data . . .

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