Safe Sex in Vegas
Since my recent post about some of the struggles we’ve faced in organizing the upcoming Idea Camp, I have received numerous emails, phone calls, direct messages on Twitter, and blog post comments affirming why our gathering is so important and why me must go through with hosting this event.
Some have noted that this event is a step in the right direction for the Church because they consider it a much needed public conversation. Others have viewed the upcoming Idea Camp as symbolic step of courage on behalf of those who are working through some of these issues at a deep personal level. Someone left this anonymous comment on one of our blog posts:
I’m one of those for whom this topic hits too close to home. So close in fact, that I hesitate to leave this comment with an email attached.
When I was approached to participate in this Idea Camp and write about it, etc., I couldn’t in good conscience do so because I’ve only been “sober” on this front myself for a few months. Nor am I ready to go public yet with my own struggle in this area. To be honest, I may never be ready, but I’m leaving that to God.
It is hard to see something as important as this conference in Vegas so close to collapse. I’m relieved that it is going forward. You have more courage than many of us, but we need you to be courageous for us! Your work is already giving people like me hope and courage to act in the future.
During the last week, many have communicated to us of their commitment to pray for our gathering. We are deeply encouraged and feel a great sense of peace in what’s to take place in Las Vegas in 10 days.
So, why am I calling this post “Safe Sex in Vegas?”
I wanted you to know that our conversations about sexuality, faith, & the Church (no matter to what level, if any, you feel directly impacted by it) will take place in a safe environment covered in love and grace. Period.
This particular Idea Camp is gathering embodied expressions of God’s forgiveness, grace, and restoration (i.e., YOU!). Whenever I consider many of the camp guides and participants who have registered, I can’t but help to think about God’s insatiable love for us. The Idea Camp Las Vegas will be one of the safest environments to engage something that is so core to being human; our sexuality. In addition, please keep in mind that we are not solely addressing our own sexuality, but also our need as the Church to help and love others who find brokenness in these areas.
Won’t you considering joining us in this conversation?
I look forward to seeing you there!