Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Anthony Venn - Brown clarifies that... although Peter Jensen says he wants a sensible debate about homosexuality ...Anthony has been rejected by those Sydney Anglicans, who specialise in promoting anti- gay and post-gay rhetoric and behaviour, for the Sydney diocese... Haydn Sennitt and David Peterson, who both run LCMI , and Peter Jensen, who was once on the LCMI ethics committee....all have refused to have dialogue with Anthony.

Anthony Venn- Brown has commented in an earlier post, and because his comments are so relevant to  Peter Jensen's response on Q and A, Calam has decided to publish them. Peter was calling for a level headed debate, after a young gay man explained, that he wanted to take his life, after he came out to fellow Anglicans, and they rejected him.

Anthony Venn-BrownSeptember 12, 2012 9:22 PM
"that such matters need to be considered respectfully and calmly to have a sensible, level-headed debate." HS quoting PJ.
I couldn't agree more
I am wondering why then, when I have requested, graciously, respectfully, not a debate but conversation/dialogue with Archbishop Jensen, Haydn Sennitt, David Peterson the offers have been rejected. The only person who was willing to do this was Ron Brookman from Living Waters. Surprisingly we both survived the encounter with no scars.
I have dialogue with other Christian leaders and denominations in Australia that have always been helpful and are ongoing. Like the meeting I was invited to at the beginning of the year to speak with 30 Pentecostal ministers. It was kept private and confidential for obvious reasons. Because I know that like gay and lesbian people need safe spaces so do Christian leaders need a safe space to talk about gay and lesbian issues. (no conversation about us without us)
My offer has never been withdrawn and still stands. An honest, respectful intelligent dialogue is on offer on the table....will you come?
You can contact me privately on and I always respond.
Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) is committed to overcoming the unnecessary suffering caused by ignorance and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity through the distribution of relevant information, providing education and creating dialogues.


Anthony Venn-BrownSeptember 12, 2012 10:03 PM
PS...forgot to mention......Sy Rogers was also happy to meet up with me.
he has read my the article I wrote and I requested that he let me know if I had misrepresented him in any way and it seems I hadn't.

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