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by Inge Anderson

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How are you connected with GLOW?
How do you pronounce your name?
Your name sounds Scandinavian. Are you?
Did you have a husband or child that was gay, or is this something that you have struggled with?
Do you have a family?
Where do you go to church?
What do you do in "real life"?
How are you connected with GLOW and GLAdventist?
I'm the original sponsor, web mistress and administrator of the discussion lists. I couldn't have done it without lots of help from family and list members, though. [back]
How do you pronounce your name?
Most pronounce it as "Inga," and that's how I often identify myself on the web, since I don't like the thought of my name being pronounced to rhyme with "hinge." [back]
Your name sounds Scandinavian. Are you?
I was born in Germany and immigrated to Canada with my family when I was ten. [back] [top]
Did you have a husband or child that was gay, or is this something that you have struggled with?
I first did a little research on homosexuality late in the 1980's when a favorite male student, whom I shall call Bob --the son of a college friend -- was shunned by his peers as a "fag." He was different all right -- he would fit the "homosexual" stereotype. As an English teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed having him in  my class because he was thoughtful and creative. I think the only time my students saw me truly angry was when someone made a disparaging "gay" remark about Bob in another one of my classes.
I was a member of SDAnet for several years, and during my time on the list the topic of homosexuality came up many times.
Early in 1997, I started a private correspondence with one of the gay subscribers to that forum after he shared his heart-breaking story, and we developed a friendship. Within a couple of days of the SDAnet post, a young male teaching colleague in the Christian school where I was teaching "came out" to  me about his own background. I knew this young father to have a deep spiritual commitment, and I had a high respect for him. He has a mind that falls easily in sync with mine -- curious, a good sense of humor, interested in the why's and wherefore's of things. The revelation took me by complete surprise. He was very open in sharing with me and helped me to understand a lot of things..
Within two weeks, a schoolmate from an Adventist college wrote to me about his past. We had been corresponding for some time, and he had observed my comments on SDAnet. Shortly thereafter, I posted a note from "Norm" on the forum, and another man replied to that post and began a correspondence with Norm which I initially facilitated. In light of current arguments that heterosexual marriage is not an option for gay people, it is interesting to remember that this ministry started by facilitating the communication between two gay men who were both married. That was in 1997, and they still appear to be happily married.
That was the seed of the first discussion list which is now called "GLOWFriends." Later we added the GLAdventist list for specifically Adventist concerns. For several years only about a quarter to a third of the combined list membership was Adventist. The proportions are now (in 2010) almost reversed.
Since then I've done much more research, met many gay people, and formulated my own opinions which may not correlate with anyone else's. The way things have happened over the last twelve years leaves me confident that God has been directing this ministry. I just have to make sure that I stay in touch with Him and don't let myself intrude too much. [back] [top]
Do you have a family?
I have been married to Andrew Anderson since 1963. He's a stubborn Dane, and I'm a stubborn German. We have quite opposite temperaments and minds that seldom travel the same path, even though we arrive at similar destinations philosophically. Our relationship has never been boring.
We have five married sons, and, as of 2009, we have five grand-daughters and four grand-sons.
My family has undoubtedly suffered from neglect these last thirteen years, and they deserve a lot of credit for their long-suffering. More than that -- my husband has supported me in public and in private -- even though he sees the computer as "the other man" -- and our two youngest have given advice freely regarding the web page. Sometimes they have even helped. ;-) [back] [top]
Where do you go to church?
My husband and I attend the nearest Seventh-day Adventist church. We are usually heavily involved with church activities. [back] [top]
What do you do in "real life"?
I was a high-school English teacher, but I have also taught science, math, geology, history and computer science at various times. Right now I'm retired from teaching, and we have a very large garden, among other things. 

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