As we begin this series of studies, a good place to start might be a frank and honest sharing of our own experience with gay and lesbian friends and colleagues. What do you know about the subject? Do you have relatives or friends who have declared themselves as homosexuals? Has your attitude toward them changed as a result of their coming out, and if so, how has it changed?
When we gather for our deliberations, we need to realize that many people in our community are currently wrestling with the question of whether they themselves may be homosexual. Others, who have already come to terms with the fact that they are different, have so far found it too threatening to share their self-awareness with the rest of us.
It is important to remember that the homosexuals about whom we talk may be present in the same room with us. They may wonder whether you and I can be trusted with their personal secret. As a matter of fact, you yourself, the reader, may be one such struggling participant in the dialogue. You may have experienced some strange stirrings of erotic attraction which bewildered you. You may have come to these studies to learn something about yourself.
Let us hope that as a result of our gatherings, we will build such a level of trust that we can share our heart-felt joys and pains as we continue to meet together in study, conversation, and prayer. May the Holy Spirit be active among us and allow us to experience the unity and love that characterizes the Body of Christ.