A Sanctuary for Conversation has been tested with pastors, youth ministries leaders, and churches. Below is feedback from people who have experienced the workshop.

“This is such an important discussion to be having. I probably wouldn’t have left the church if this workshop happened decades ago.”

“Anyone who takes seriously Christ’s mandate to be agents of grace has to take seriously this opportunity to demonstrate His love and grace to those who are most often marginalized.”

“This workshop was incredibly eye-opening and grace-filled. I appreciated the safe place to say, ‘I don’t know’ and to grow.”

“I have grown because of the time I spent listening to the presentations, discussions, and activities. As a result of this workshop, I have taken away an understanding of how to become a better minister to all.”

“The spirit of loving, humble discussion was filled with opportunities to sense and share God’s Holy Spirit.”

“We asked them to become more empathetic, not to change their beliefs, and as we showed tangible ways to do that they seemed very receptive, which was incredibly encouraging.” (a gay Adventist presenter)

“Thank you for the courage to hold this event.”

“Especially enjoyed the interviews with actual LGBT+ people.”

“I came today asking God to make me a student, and my prayer has been answered.”

“During my 27 years in Adventism, I have never seen such a spirit of humility expressed from the leaders of the church. No one came to prove ‘I’m right, you’re wrong,’ or to ‘school’ someone else on their theology. Instead, we all came to learn, be honest, and work together to improve the lives of our LGBT+ youth.”

“If you want your church to be a true community that is loving and compassionate, then do this workshop—it will make everyone more aware of their humanity.”