I have ten siblings. Our father is a retired pastor, and our mother saw her calling as a witness in her home. Both remain active in their Christian witness and unconditional service. We love each other but we have a wide range of views on the Bible, religion and sexuality as they relate to GLBT key issues. It is always frank and sometimes it gets a little and dicey; but we are still family, we still love each other and we still communicate at least at some level.
I suspect that as to our disagreements, we are not so different from other families and certainly not so different from the various members of other societies, churches, and religions. But these differences do not tear apart the “ties which bind us.” As to siblings who joined these discussions, I will assign randomly a name since their identity is not necessary to these purposes.
There were two series of discussions, the first was initiated by my 2009 New Year greeting, which I will identify as “First Family Discussion” and the second began with my post on one of my sites in 2012, which I will call, “Second Family Discussion.” I see these discussions as representative of the larger debate on GLBT issues that remains hot in various denominations, religions, and political arenas and generally in society.
The next several posts will share the various contributions to each discussion.