Invitation to the Table
Statement of Principles
It takes courage to dare speak of issues relating to sexuality in this era. Churches are divided around the world whenever the topic of homosexuality comes up. This website is not a an apologist for any sexual practices, rather it is a call to accountability for the Christian community to love others, as Christ has first loved us.
Within our worshipping communities there are members who are living with an attraction to minors. These people know all too well what the consequences of sharing about their sexual attraction would mean for them and their families. Minor-attracted adults seek the same kind of fellowship, guidance and support as other faith community members who are struggling to be a light in the world. As Christians who are committed to the Biblical principles of love and compassion, how can we minister and journey with persons attracted to minors?
God has created us as sexual beings. How does God expect us to manage our urges and desires, and what part does the faith community have in assisting us? Minor-attracted adults must commit themselves to refraining from sexual contact with young people. Such contact may bring about pain and confusion, in the lives of both the young person and the adult. All Christians seek opportunities to form healthy, life-giving relationships, with a freedom to express love in a way that is mutually beneficial and respects the personal boundaries of everyone. Some individuals may have shown they are not capable of respecting boundaries, and our communities must strive to find ways of ensuring the safety of each member of the community.
As Christians we are called to discern God's will in the midst of a community of believers.
Minor-attracted adults feel that they cannot share about their struggle because of fear of discrimination
and rejection. Church members are hesitant to take risks that could have serious consequences for children
in their communities. Working together to overcome these obstacles, Christians are seeking to find
creative ways of demonstrating God's Love to minor-attracted adults, while putting in place safeguards
to ensure that the safety of minors in faith communities is not compromised. Invitation to the Table is
a forum for raising awareness in the Christian Community about the struggles of adults who are attracted
to minors. Together, we will search for solutions to address the needs of the community for young
people to be safe, parents to feel comfortable, and minor-attracted adults to be respected and encouraged
to develop their gifts within the community of believers.
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