Reconciling Journey Ministries
GLBT & Questioning Youth
Reconciling Journey affirms and supports our GLBTQ Identified and Questioning Youth. Recent studies have shown that, on average, lesbian and gay youth first become aware of their same-gender attractions at an average of 9-10 years old and first identify as lesbian or gay at an average of 14-16 years old.
Gay youth are 2-4 times more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth, have
higher rates of homelessness, and experience higher rates of harassment and
other forms of discrimination at school.
Gay and straight youth need to be supported in exploring their spirituality and
sexuality in an integrated way. However, many gay youth feel outcast by their
home churches and/or feel social pressure to hide their same sex attractions.
This causes many GLBTQ youth to question God's love for them and His overall
plan for their lives.
We must support our GLBTQ questioning youth as they seek to know themselves and understand God's plan for their lives. We believe God's plan for all people is to live joyful, whole, and purpose filled lives that glorify God and reflect His love, peace, grace, pursuit of justice, and light to the world.
If you know of, or are yourself, a GLBTQ identified or questioning youth, listed below are some helpful references and supportive links. Please contact Reconciling Journey for additional support and resources.
Youth Outlook --Youth Outlook is the only agency in the DuPage, Kane, and DeKalb counties of Illinois dedicated solely to serving LGBTQ youth. Youth Outlook provides wellness education on a variety of topics, leadership development, and social space. They also conduct community education programs in order to change the social atmosphere that imperils LGBTQ youth in the first place. Safe Schools Coalition -- Fact sheets and resources on GLBT Youth. An international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth helping schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Study Guide -- Christian Youth - An Important Voice in the Present Struggle for Gay Rights in America - This study will guide you into a serious look at the radical Jesus and the Biblical mandate that no child of God be considered second-class.
This page was last updated: December 2, 2014
Reconciling Journey Ministires affirms and supports GLBT & Questioning Youth by offering scholarships to an annual summer bible camp for GLBTQ Youth who are Christian and/or exploring a relationship with God through Jesus.
The Naming Project is a Christian summer camp affirming and supporting GLBT and questioning youth in both their sexual orientation, gender identity, and desire to deepen their relationship with God.
This Christian GLBTQ teen camp is a youth ministry of Bethany Lutheran Church, an ELCA church based in Minnesota.
Camp Out is a documentary film that follows GLBT teenagers as
they attend the first season of this camp. The camp is now in it's
8th season. The Executive Director of Reconciling Journey, Stacy
DeVold-McCaskill, served two seasons as a camp counselor.