The idea of change is the financial, political, religious, and personal basis of the ex-gay movement, and it. With few exceptions, the informal, experiential religious style of New Hope and Church of the Open Door was familiar to them. Erzen has written a wonderful book. About this Item: University of California Press, 2006. At New Hope, they maintain a personal relationship with Jesus and build new forms of kinship and belonging. These ethnographers have illustrated how they grapple with conflicting emotions and expectations when the social and religious conservatism of the people or groups they study—which have ranged from anti-abortion activists, to Jerry Falwell, to the women's Ku Klux Klan, to the Christian Right—reflect moral and political ideals that are distinct from their own.
From her study of this program, and from the many interviews with the leaders and participants in the program, it became clear to her that ex-gays do not ever really lose their same-sex attraction, and seem unable to ever develop an opposite-se This book was written just a few years before Exodus International ceased as an organization. Overall, this book did not give me the kind of information I was looking for, but it remains a valid source of information. One had married but sought out a church where he did not have to reveal his sexual struggles and history. It's part of a larger movement to convert gays to the straight Christian life. Straight to Jesus traces the stories of people who have renounced long-term relationships and moved from other countries out of a conviction that the conservative Christian beliefs of their upbringing and their own same-sex desires are irreconcilable. Ex-gays are accustomed to continually sharing testimony about the most private and harrowing aspects of their lives in public, group settings. At New Hope, they maintain a personal relationship with Jesus and build new forms of kinship and belonging.
The book was originally a dissertation and it remains a bit academic in some parts. Rather than definitively changing from homosexual to heterosexual, the participants experience a conversion that is both sexual and religious as born-again evangelical Christians. In doing so, Erzen introduces a wide variety of men, from those who converted to Christianity and adopted ex-gay causes to those who were raised in conservative households who have endured long-term struggles with same-sex desires. I formally interviewed Curtis, Brian, Hank, and Drew two or three times over the span of a year and a half. From United Kingdom to U. With compassion, humor, and insight, Erzen takes the reader through the ideological, organizational, and daily practices used in efforts to change people's theological and sexual orientations, from self-help to conversion testimony. Every year, hundreds of gay men and lesbians join ex-gay ministries in an attempt to convert to non-homosexual Christian lives.
It's also a topic that is of particular interest to me and the book hit close to home for personal reasons. However, I later learned that despite New Hope's religious interpretation of my research agenda, Anita's motives were not merely godly. But through participant-observation and her personal relationships with several residents, she comes to conclude that the longed-for complete transformation from homosexual to heterosexual does not happen for those who come to ex-gay ministries. Straight to Jesus exposes how the Christian Right attempts to repudiate gay identity and political rights by using the ex-gay movement as evidence that 'change is possible. Curtis, twenty-one years old, with streaks of blond in his hair and numerous facial piercings, had arrived from Canada a month before. Doing extended participant observation and interviews provided me with access to a perspective on the ex-gay movement and the Christian Right that journalists' undercover exposés of ministries or ex-gay testimonial accounts of change have tended to ignore. The testimony is the narrative form into which all ex-gays eventually fit their lives before and after becoming Christians.
At New Hope, they maintain a personal relationship with Jesus and build new forms of kinship and belonging. At New Hope, they maintain a personal relationship with Jesus and build new forms of kinship and belonging. She illuminates aspects of conservative Christianity central to the 'culture wars,' deepening our understanding of the movement's internal struggles over sexuality, gender, and family issues. Every year, hundreds of gay men and lesbians join ex-gay ministries in an attempt to convert to non-homosexual Christian lives. There is also a social and collective aspect to testimony, and giving one becomes a rite of initiation into the religious world of a ministry. Frank and Anita live a few minutes away from the residential program in a tiny but immaculate studio apartment. In some cases, it had led to drug and alcohol abuse, isolation, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and depression.
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include working access code or dust jacket. Struggling with these attractions his entire life was acceptable to him. Sometimes Brian and I would meet for dinner outside of the ministry since he was no longer in the program or working at New Hope. Straight to Jesus traces the stories of people who have renounced long-term relationships and moved from other countries out of a conviction that the conservative Christian beliefs of their upbringing and their own same-sex desires are irreconcilable. Straight to Jesus traces the stories of people who have renounced long-term relationships and moved from other countries out of a conviction that the conservative Christian beliefs of their upbringing and their own same-sex desires are irreconcilable. A person's testimonial narrative of conversion becomes more structured and even rigid the longer he or she has been involved in an ex-gay ministry.
Schutzumschlag mit wenigen Gebrauchsspuren an Einband, Schutzumschlag oder Seiten. At the end of the first month, I noticed that my bag with my laptop computer in it had mysteriously disappeared when I returned from talking to Anita in her office. As I began to panic, I heard Brian laughing outside. The resultant book is a fascinating look at the motivations, methods, and attitudes of the participants in the program. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting.
It is clear from her analysis that Erzen does not support the ex-gay movement or believe in its assumptions; yet, she is able to share the story of people who do. Typically, she argues, this movement has been portrayed from both liberal and conservative standpoints as emphasizing the ability to convert people sexually—from homosexuals into heterosexuals. She remained undecided about my research, but the New Hope leadership team would pray on it and get back to me. The ministries assert that sexual healing occurs through these public confessions, or offering problems up to Jesus. Around the time we met, the ministry had been praying for someone to update their Web site, which was functioning but required editing and reorganization. In this fascinating study of the transnational ex-gay movement, Tanya Erzen focuses on the everyday lives of men and women at New Hope Ministry, a residential ex-gay program, over the course of several years. From United Kingdom to U.