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This Seventh-day Adventist community is a sub-community of the inter-denominational GLOWfriends. It consists of Christians with Adventist connections who have a primary attraction to their own sex and believe that God designed sex for heterosexual marriage. Community members support and encourage each other in sexual purity, which may mean celibacy or heterosexual marriage. Members  may or may not identify as gay or lesbian. Heterosexual supporters are also welcome and appreciated. When you apply, just tell us the reason you want to join.

The list is not meant to be a forum to debate whether or not same-gender sex is appropriate. It is assumed that it is not. On the other hand, honest questions are always welcome.

GLADventist functions like a private side-room of GLOWfriends for the discussion of specifically Adventist concerns. Since most of the discussion and fellowship tends to take place on GLOWfriends, we like to subscribe all applicants to GLOWfriends, as well as to the specific sub-list. If you indicate your church affiliation as "Seventh-day Adventist," when when you fill out the GLOWFriends subscription Form, we will add you to our GLADventist list as well as the GLOWfriends list. Women will be automatically subscribed GLOWwomyn as well. You only need to fill out one form-- either the one for GLOWFriends or the one for GLADventist below.

[Note that we also offer a separate list for family and friends of gay Adventists or lesbian Adventists or those with Adventist connections or background.

Posting Guide Lines are much the same as for the other lists. Click here for details.

You may apply  to GLADventist and the GLOWfriends lists by clicking on the YahooGroups icon at the bottom of this page, and you will receive an email asking you for further info. Or you may skip that step and simply click on the Subscription Form link at the bottom of the page and fill it out. Your subscription to the lists will be activated as soon as you give us the idea that you will fit into our email community.


Dreams and Convictions

  1. This list is dedicated to the proposition that God loves lesbian and gay people unconditionally in spite of many messages from representatives of the church that have presented a contrary view. On this list we intend to focus on the love of God and on building a personal relationship with Him. God has shown unconditional love to us long before we responded to Him, and we would like to see members of this community reflect that unconditional love to each other. We hope that when subscribers post to this list, they will keep in mind that God's Love is Our Witness - GLOW! 
  2. We understand that same-sex attractions are real and not just a chosen behavior. They are an integral part of an individual and morally neutral. Please check our FAQ section on the Adventist position for details.

  3. This list is meant for sharing, not persuading others to think differently. We want this to be an absolutely safe place where members can share even very personal things -- joys, sorrows, pain, victories and defeats -- without fear of being judged or receiving unsolicited criticism. 

  4. We believe that God designed sex to be a component of the life-long bond between one man and one woman. Thus the main thrust of this mailing list is the support of gay people but not of gay sexual activity. However, we deplore the attitude that gay sexual activity is somehow worse than heterosexual activity outside of God's plan. Thus persons involved in same-gender sexual activity should not meet with condemnation, but with love and compassion, as it is only thus that any of us can begin to understand the unconditional love of the Savior -- the only One that can meet the love-hunger of the soul. 

  5. We recognize that many gay people have had very negative experiences in connection with the Adventist church, and they should be free to tell their personal stories without being criticized. Yet we also believe that focusing on negatives hampers spiritual growth, and we expect to give loving support to those who have gone through bitter experiences while we direct their attention to a compassionate Savior who loves them unutterably. IOW, we do not expect this list to focus on what's wrong with the Adventist church.

  6. It is our dream that subscribers will find such loving support in this list that they may be freed to grow into their God-given potential in Christ. We hope that the atmosphere on this list will facilitate "bearing one another's burdens," encouraging one another and lifting each other up in prayer. 
  7. Besides "bearing one another's burdens," Paul also counsels us to "exhort one another." Most often we do not understand our faulty thinking that only brings us misery, but others can usually see this more clearly. That's why we encourage an attitude of openness and sharing. Please don't be offended when others point out where your thinking could use a little correction. (This sort of sharing and "exhorting" is actually what makes 12-step programs so effective.) All "exhorting" should be done in love, and our moderators will do our best to ensure that this is so.

  8. We dare to dream that the support of this list may give some subscribers the courage to be "out" to their fellow church members in such a way as to gain their understanding and respect. This would fulfill our dream that there would be role models for our young people to follow when they discover that they, too, have same-sex romantic attractions.

  9. Since this list is designed specifically for those who value the Adventist vision of Christianity, we expect that specifically Adventist issues will be discussed. And we hope that the experience of this online community may help members to better understand the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist church in a Christ-centered context. Such an understanding will go far to erase the fears that have haunted gay SDA people throughout their lives. And it will prepare a people to give the "last message of mercy to the world" -- a message carried in lives reflecting the love of Christ. (For some of the best information on the current state of Adventism browse the General Conference site and Adventism on the Open Directory Project. If you haven't already done so, we also suggest that you review our FAQ.) Among other things, it contains current statements on homosexuality by the official Adventist church.

Yours in His love, 
 Inge Anderson, List Owner
and the moderator team

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