Apr 13, 2010 4:31 AM by Jeannette Hynes
Nearly 500 people come to Vanguard Church Monday night for a panel discussion on homosexuality.
The discussion begins with six people sharing their personal stories about their struggles with sexual orientation, and the lives they lead now. The panel includes: Jayson Graves, counselor at Vanguard Church; Dara Hoffman, psychotherapist; Wes Mullins, Pikes Peak Metropolitan Church Pastor; David Vetter, member of Vanguard Church; Jeff Johnston, Focus on the Family; and Bill Oliver, State coordinator of Integrity (GLBT Episcopalians).
The panel then takes questions from the crowd. The night was a time to listen and to open dialogue on a topic that typically builds walls.
"By adding a name and a face, it enables you to learn some one's story and say, 'You know what? I don't agree with them, but I can see where they're coming from. I can have a compassion for them," says Kelly Williams, senior pastor for Vanguard Church.
The panelists admit, they have their differences, but they all want to make sure people who are struggling with sexual orientation have places to go for help.
This community discussion is Vanguard's second on homosexuality. Vanguard Church and the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Center will host a follow-up discussion called "Dialogues of Courage" on April 26th, starting at 5:30 p.m.