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Le Kinship Adventiste du Septième Jour International est une communauté diversifiée et multigénérationnelle mondiale de personnes qui sont liées à la communauté adventiste.

Le Kinship est la seule organisation pour les adventistes actifs ou exadventistes qui s’identifient comme LGBTQ+. Le Kinship n’est pas un ministère axé sur le changement. Notre mission est de créer une communauté sûre pour ceux qui nous trouvent. Pour certains, c’est une communauté en ligne, mais pour d’autres, c’est une communauté face à face. Hélas, cela dépend en grande partie où se localise le membre et du nombre d’autres membre qui se trouvent à proximité. D’ailleurs certains membres fréquentent encore les églises adventistes et d’autres sont migrés dans différentes directions.

Le Kinship n’est pas ici pour être un policier de la croyance morale ou religieuse. Nous essayons d’encourager tout le monde à avoir une relation individuelle et personnelle avec son Dieu. Cela fait aussi partie de notre mission d’instruire les dirigeants de l’Église (pasteurs, enseignants et administrateurs) à mieux comprendre notre communauté et apprendre à créer un espace sûr pour nous.

For nearly 40 years, Kinship has worked worldwide with current and former Seventh-day Adventist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and their families, friends, and allies.

Kinship members today are as diverse as the rest of the Adventist community is. What we share is the conviction that God loves all His children equally and unconditionally, no matter our gender identity or sexual orientation.* God created each of us with the healthy desire for companionship (Gen. 2:18), and He uses our social and intimate relationships to teach us what daily lives of love and self-sacrifice look like (Eph. 5:1-2, 1 Jn. 4:11-12, Col. 3:12-14, 1 Cor. 13).

From Colin Cook’s Quest Learning Center and Homosexuals Anonymous (established in 1980) to today’s Coming Out Ministries, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has subsidized or promoted reparative or change “therapy” and so-called “ex-gay” ministries that target vulnerable LGBTIQ people, same-gender couples, and the congregations they are part of.

Kinship members who’ve graduated from these ministries know their teachings and accounts of abuse, addiction, and “change” through spirituality or divine intervention. We also know these ministries’ outcomes all too well. We will never confuse destructive patterns of substance abuse, domestic violence, or sex addiction with a person’s underlying gender or sexual orientation, and we’re happy for those who, with therapy, have lessened their distress about who they are. Having picked up the pieces these ministries left behind, however, we also know that “interventions” based on treating non-heterosexual orientations as essentially sinful, deviant, or inferior have devastating psychological, relational, and spiritual impacts on youth and adults alike.

We appreciate the consensus of the American Medical Association (2003), National Association of Social Workers (2000), American Psychiatric Association (1998), American Psychological Association (1997), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (1993): Non-heterosexual orientations are not in themselves problematic and so do not merit therapy, suppression, or change. These clinical and medical professionals and scientists have learned from study what Kinship members have learned from experience.

Because of God’s work in our lives and families, our knowledge of change organizations, and our experiences with thousands of LGBTIQ and heterosexual people since 1976, we encourage our members to accept their baseline orientation, and we affirm loving, committed same-gender or mixed-gender relationships for members who choose them. At a recent Kinship Kampmeeting, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of one same-gender couple—not because of their gender or orientation but because they’ve sustained a time-tested relationship of loyalty, mutual care, and healthy affection, and they’ve done this despite persistent demonization from their religious community.

We respect our members enough to honor their consciences about faith and what they believe God requires of them. Some have chosen committed relationships, some have built families with children, and others are celibate; all must be convinced in their own mind as the Lord leads them. Whatever our members and friends choose, we believe love is worth celebrating, and we support all of them as they grow in grace.

Programmes en vedette

Le programme Kinship Seniors vise offrir un soutien mutuel en fournissant des informations et des discussions animées.

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Le Kinship College / Young Adult Group offre une communauté sûre aux moins de 30 ans

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KinWomen offre aux femmes un endroit sûr pour s'entraider et partager leurs expériences de vie.

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La communauté trans de Kinship comprend des membres qui s'identifient comme transgenres, non conformes au genre, fluides ou intersexués.

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Apprendre qu'un proche est LGBTIQ peut être difficile pour les familles, qui se sentent généralement seules.

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Nous cherchons à améliorer les relations entre la communauté LGBTIQ et l'Église adventiste.

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