The conference has always featured Exodus speakers and highlighted Exodus member ministries. They have stood alongside us in sharing the hope that, with Christ, transformation is possible for those unhappy with same-sex attractions. And we will stand alongside them as they continue to share that message as the organizer of Love Won Out. Focus on the Family will continue to support the Love Won Out conference financially, and by providing speakers and marketing support.
We affirm the Scriptural teaching that homosexuals can and do change their sexual identity 1 Cor. We support counseling and the availability of professional therapy options for unwanted homosexual attractions and behavior. Just as there are many paths that may lead a person to experience same-sex attractions, there are likewise multiple ways out. Thus, individuals and their helping professionals are called to discern and pursue the most appropriate approach that best enables them to steward their sexuality in alignment with their chosen values.
Sexuality is a glorious gift from God — meant to be offered back to Him either in marriage for procreation, union and mutual delight or in celibacy for undivided devotion to Christ. Homosexual behavior violates God's intentional design for gender and sexuality. The Restored Hope Network announced its formation and first conference recently.
Restored Hope members specialize in helping men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions, but many of them also provide support for those recovering from sexual abuse or sexual addiction, along with information and help for their family and friends….. I could go on, of course, but the good news is that Jesus came to call us to repent, to tell us the truth, to seek and save the lost and to bring healing and restoration through his death, burial and resurrection.
Sometimes he heals and restores people directly and immediately. More often, the church is to be the vehicle: providing counseling, offering hope, training in spiritual disciplines, teaching the truth, and walking alongside hurting people. The reality is that while Exodus will no longer exist, there are numerous Christian ministries that continue to provide excellent help to those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction, including the Restored Hope Network, Desert Stream Ministries, and Katharos Integrity Alliance.
But we also realize that all of us sin in many ways…. Many times it takes counseling, Bible study, prayer and community support — but it can be done. There are some factors that seem to be more significant in people struggling with same-sex attractions.
One of the things we know about homosexuality is that guys who struggle have been molested three times more often than men in the general male population. Am I gay? What does this say about me that this happened to me? If there are problems in the parental relationship, that can affect a kid.
A girl who rejects her femininity could grow up longing for what she already has inside her. I know several women whose dads treated them like little boys — they wanted a boy and they treated them like boys, so these girls became very masculine. Some women reject femininity because they see women being weak or passive or abused; some women, and men too, have turned to homosexuality for political reasons or out of rebellion against societal norms.
Efforts to advance rights and protections for homosexuals often place a higher priority on an individual desire to parent, rather than a child's need for a mother and a father. Today, it is not enough to promote the practice of adoption; we must also defend adoption against initiatives that would distort its purpose. As evidenced by the fight for adoption rights by same-sex couples, the current movement to protect and promote homosexual rights threatens the adoption arena and children's best interests.
Rather, children have a right to grow up with the love that only a mother and a father can jointly provide. Adoption placements should acknowledge that placing a child in a family structure with a married mother and father is in the child's best interest. Unfortunately, current anti-discrimination policies and judicial decisions often negate the best interest of children in the name of tolerance and equality.
One conflict has already risen to the surface. The movement to promote individuals with same-sex attraction as a legally protected class threatens the work of adoption agencies that hold moral convictions against same-sex adoption. Certain anti-discrimination laws in the U.
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These acts stifle the freedom of independent adoption agencies to decide that concern for a child's best interests requires them to make placements in married mother and father homes rather than with gay or lesbian-identified couples, or cohabiting heterosexual couples. Ultimately, sexual orientation laws that were meant to prevent discrimination actually violate the freedom of adoption agencies that hold religious or moral convictions against certain adoption placements, and deprive a child of either a father or mother.
She preceded it by explaining that she is the child of gay parents, a man and a woman who both came out during her childhood. In that moment, Mr. Daly almost palpably struggled for what to say. He complimented Ms. Burgess on how well she had done in her life. He said that research showed the best setting for a child was with a married mother and father.
And he left Ms. Burgess miffed and unconvinced. Thanks to the sexual revolution in the 60s and70s, with its baggage of no-fault divorce and unwed childrearing, we have had ample opportunity to witness and record the results of fatherless and motherless childrearing. Focus On The Family believes that they know better than psychiatrists — actual doctors — when it comes to treating transgender people.
Each of the two sexes is a glorious gift from God — meant to be offered back to Him either in complementary unity with the other in the context of marriage for procreation and mutual delight or in celibacy for undivided devotion to Christ….. Throughout both Testaments, God and His people are portrayed as husband and wife or as a bride and groom. The creation account found in Genesis lays out this gender-based, matrimonial picture and sets the stage for the final, eternal union of God and His people — of Christ and His bride — described in Revelation.
Gender matters. In recent years, a revisionist transgender theology has been put forth in some theological circles that violates God's clearly articulated and intentional design for the sexes — thereby distorting His image and His plan for sexuality, marriage, family and the just and proper ordering of society. We disagree with revisionist gay and transgender theologies as contradictory to foundational Christian doctrine and the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic. If the transgender lobby succeeds, there will be striking consequences for marriage, family and society at large. Through salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit, He can empower them to live according to His design and standards for sexuality.
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In these roles, she also implemented community service and outdoor education programs, and directed creative arts camps. Anne is a lifelong educator whose passion is empowering people of all ages to find their own personal stillness. Bar-av is the owner and operator of Greenspring Herbs, LLC, a private consultation practice and apothecary.
She also sees clients at Roots Market, where she is the resident herbalist and nutritionist for the store. Bar-av received a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from MUIH, and is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, a certified nutrition specialist, and a licensed dietary nutritionist in the state of Maryland. Tom Balles, M. Balles has been a practicing acupuncturist since Tom has been teaching in the graduate degree and certificate programs at Tai Sophia for the last 16 years.
He has facilitated workshops internationally and is the author of Dancing with the Ten Thousand Things and Cultivating a Healing Presence, a guide. Margaret Beatty Margaret Beatty has served on the acupuncture faculty since She teaches classes in the Chinese classics. Since , she has been studying with Fr. Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee. Beatty practices acupuncture in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D. Beatty enjoys working with adult students, encouraging them to experience curiosity, joy, and wonder at the power of this ancient medicine.
David Blaiwas, M. Associate Professor David M. David has been core faculty since , and has served as division chair for both the clinical practices and theory division of the Master of Acupuncture program. He maintains private clinical practices in Takoma Park and Laurel, Maryland. Jillian Borchard M. Bryan Bowen, M. Bryan Bowen is an herbalist, nutritionist, and teacher. He uses custom botanical formulas, whole food nutrition, and health coaching to compassionately support each person on the path to self-care and wellness and enjoys seeing clients at Radiant Health, an integrative clinic in Sebastopol, California.
Bowen is also part of the core faculty at the California School of Herbal Studies. He also works at the Forestville Wellness Clinic, a federally funded project, providing herbal consultations to underserved populations. Bowen prides himself in his medicine, providing a full pharmacy of wildcrafted, cultivated and locally grown botanicals. In , he won two awards for his rose cream and bitters at the International Herb Symposium. In he created a community supported herbalism box directed toward teaching medicine making. In addition, he has worked on organoleptic quality assessment of botanical medicines in the MUIH Herbal Dispensary and is published in two scientific posters.
Mary Brandenburg graduated from Tufts University and from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute now Tai Sophia Institute where she has taught and served as academic dean. In , Mary was designated Faculty Emeritus at the Institute. In addition to her human acupuncture practice, she practices animal acupuncture with a strong focus on horses.
Mary teaches in the equine acupuncture section of the program. Edna Brandt, M. Edna Brandt has served on the faculty of Tai Sophia Institute for more than 20 years, practiced acupuncture since , and since has taught Tai Chi and teacher training courses for the Tai Chi Foundation in the U.
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Throughout her rich career, which includes authoring Business Planning Book for Acupuncturists: Five Steps to a Flourishing Private Practice, Edna has pursued her interest in the roots of Chinese medicine, its history, and the Chinese medical and philosophical classics. Her studies include work with scholars of the Chinese classics such as Fr.
Candidate Karen Buchsbaum has a passion for service, community, food security, and sustainability issues. She has served in the environmental field for more than seven years, including work on a CSA farm, and as an extension educator, curriculum developer, and community garden founder and coordinator. Buchsbaum is the founder and director of Community Fare, where she collaborates with students, government officials, farmers, and the general public to improve civic engagement and community access to fresh, local foods.
Buchsbaum holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Science in Environmental Education, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, with a focus on sustainable food systems. Tracey Burde, M. Tracey Burde is an acupuncture practitioner in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland. She practices acupuncture, herbal medicine, Qi Gong, and Jin Shin. Leah Butler, Ph. Prior to her work at Tai Sophia, Dr. She is the co-editor and author of numerous publications in various human systems engineering-focused journals, books, conferences, and magazines.
After his internship, he started a private sports performance enhancement consulting business, working on both nutritional and psychological components for the enhancement of sports performance. In , he established a practice focusing on therapeutic integrative nutritional interventions for metabolic syndrome, obesity, and general chronic conditions. His integrative protocol designs are based on evidence-based nutrition.
Oscar holds graduate degrees in psychology and nutrition, which he received magna and summa cum laude. Gail Coffin, Ed. At MSDE, she creates and delivers coaching skills training for educational leaders throughout the state. As an International Coach Federation certified coach, she believes that the coaching process helps individuals and organizations reach their potential.
She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity. Monica Corrado, M. A leading activist for real, fresh, local, sustainable food, Ms. Corrado was a founding member of one of the first CSA Community Supported Agriculture organizations in the Washington, DC area in , which provided biodynamic food and milk to families. From to , she owned and operated The Basic Feast, the only organic catering company in the Washington, DC area that offered nourishing food from local, organic, and sustainable farms.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Corrado is a member of the honorary board of the Weston A. Price Foundation. She has been featured in the Washington Post as an expert in traditional fermentation techniques, and is currently involved in the White House "Chefs Move to Schools" initiative. Jerry Cott, Ph. He received his Ph. Arvid Carlsson. At the FDA he reviews the investigational use of botanicals and other dietary supplements for potential use in treating human psychiatric diseases. He is currently the scientific and technical expert in the review and evaluation of dietary supplements for psychiatric indications at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research CDER.
Previously, Dr. His present interest is in the integration of mainstream psychiatry with nutritional particularly omega-3 fatty acids and botanical interventions for the treatment of severe and chronic mental disorders.
Stephen Cowan, M. Jody Cutler, M. Cutler helps individuals and groups bring awareness and presence to eating, and develop compassion and joy around food. Cutler completed a hour Food Therapy program with Annemarie Colbin at the Natural Gourmet Institute, has been trained in Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness, and has extensive training in meditation.
Cutler is the co-founder and co-owner of Roots Market, a natural foods store in Clarksville and Olney, Maryland. She is also the co-owner of Great Sage, a vegetarian restaurant, and Nest, an eco-friendly clothing and gift store, in Clarksville, Maryland. Cutler was awarded the " 1 Woman to Watch in Howard County. In addition to his academic experience, he is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise, a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant through the International Sports Medicine Association, and has received advanced training in mind-body medicine from the Institute for Integrative Health.
Bob Devlin, M. Bob Devlin is president of Transformation Strategies, Inc. He serves as executive consultant, strategic thinking partner, and coach to leaders and senior teams as they learn to lead more boldly and implement change. Bob's clients say he builds extraordinary relationships that lead to breakthrough conversations and create new ways of interacting and doing business.
He is the creator of Leadership in Action and the Alignment and Action Process, which are leadership development and change methodologies used in business and government. As director and senior faculty member of the Georgetown University Organization Development Program for seven years, he trained and coached hundreds of leaders and consultants in the complex dynamics of systems change. He holds a B. She has been in private practice for more than 19 years and travels around the country as a guest speaker on nutrition, raw foods, and natural health.
She was appointed by the governor of Maryland to be a delegate for the Commission on Complementary Healthcare for the state. Rebecca S. Douglass, L. Rebecca, who is certified as an equine dentist by the International Association of Equine Dentistry, teaches in the equine section of the program. Judith Duerk, M. Judith Duerk earned B. In addition to her daily work as a psychotherapist and music therapist, she teaches T'ai Qi and Qi Gong, and has facilitated more than 1, retreats across the USA and Canada.
James A. Duke developed the agency's Phytochemical and Ethnobotantical Databases. Today, he is a world-renowned ethnobotanist, owns and operates the Green Farmacy Garden, serves as distinguished lecturer in the Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program at Tai Sophia Institute, and continues to compile data on medicinal plants and update several of his 30 published books.
Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Duke leads ethnobotanical trips to ecologically rich areas of the world. Sara Eisenberg is a clinical herbalist practicing at Ruscombe Community Health Center in Baltimore, Maryland, where she offers herbal consultations, healing work, and workshops based in the Jewish wisdom tradition. With more than 30 years of experience as a guide, facilitator, and educator in the healing arts, Ms. Prior to her studies at Tai Sophia she served for six years as Director of The Center for Health Enhancement, a full-service complementary care center at St. Joseph Medical Center.
Thea Elijah, M. Andrew Ellis, B. Distinguished Lecturer Ms. Fallon-Morell is a chef, nutrition researcher, homemaker, and community activist. She is founding president of the Weston A. Her recipes and teachings have been inspiring readers for years. Trish Flaster, Ph. Cara O. Frank, Dipl. Camille Freeman, M. Freeman is a licensed nutritionist in the state of Maryland. She also holds a Master of Science in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University. Her primary clinical focus is in reproductive health and endocrinology. Camille is a registered yoga teacher with experience teaching fertility and prenatal yoga.
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Heiner Fruehauf, PH. Gafton developed a deep appreciation, love, and passion for natural foods. Gafton received bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University and worked for 20 years in the hotel industry in Washington, DC. Tyme Noor Gigliotti, M. He has served as Chairman of the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture and supervising acupuncturist at several substance abuse programs. After seven years as an assistant teacher at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, he co-founded the Illuminated Traveler program, which empowers individuals to awaken to their inner gifts, unleash their true potential and experience the joy of living connected to the Loving Source.
A Sufi Master Teacher and healer, he has been practicing acupuncture and spiritual healing since Hope Finn Gilbert, M. She received her M. Diane Gioioso, M. She has been a student of Jeffrey Yuen for 10 years, completing certificates in advanced acupuncture and essential oils. Her interest in Women's Health led her to develop and teach a series of continuing education for midwives and doulas in DC. Diane has a family practice in Columbia, MD. Bob has over 25 years of experience in the field of professional education, training, and organization development. He led the leadership development programs for three federal agencies and designed the first corporate university for the U.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. During his time in the federal government, Bob was honored with five Secretary of Labor Exceptional Achievement Awards for designing and delivering professional instruction and consulting initiatives that achieved measurable improvements in organizational effectiveness and quality. Department of Commerce, was a featured presentation at the American Society of Training and Development. Brown Community Service Award. Bob has been a student, practitioner, and teacher of world wisdom traditions for over 30 years, several as a monastic.
Michael Greger, M. Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger also is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and was a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Jane Grissmer, M. UK , Dipl. Grissmer has a long history of practicing, teaching, and studying acupuncture as a healing art. She also holds a certification in Chinese herbal medicine and brings a wealth of experience in the development of the healing traditions in America. She has served as dean of faculty at Tai Sophia, has authored articles on the emotions and the seasons, and continues in her private practice as founding director of an Integrative Wellness Center.
Grissmer has served as acupuncturist and guide to countless women at all phases of their journey — puberty, fertility, childbirth, menopause, saging. Her clinical experience and wisdom will inform and empower your work. Jill Gusman Ms. She combines her passion for Eastern and Western healing ways, and cooking with whole, natural foods through teaching and consulting.
As an avid gardener and wild food enthusiast, she enjoys the great outdoors as often as possible. Cheryl maintains private practices in Alexandria and Fairfax, VA. Hartmann is also a graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute now Tai Sophia Institute , and maintains an acupuncture practice in Seattle, Washington. Hartman is a member of Veterinarians Without Borders. Robert Hedaya, M.
Hendee is a seasoned educator and administrator in culinary arts, foods education, and hospitality management. She is certified by the American Culinary Federation as a certified culinary educator and was awarded an honorary fellowship into the American Academy of Chefs in Celeste Homan, M. Assistant Professor Celeste Homan received her acupuncture degree from Tai Sophia Institute in where she has been teaching since and is a member of the Core Faculty. She has completed trainings in advanced acupuncture and Chinese medical aromatherapy with Jeffrey Yuen in New York.
Celeste holds a certificate in advanced massage and bodywork from the Baltimore School of Massage and is certified in Zero Balancing. Stephen Howard, L. Noreen Javornik, M. Noreen Javornik has a B. Noreen has vast experience in clinical trials in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University and at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on macular degeneration, and is on the writing team for numerous ophthalmology articles.
Noreen is a national leader in the field of animal acupuncture. She was involved in establishing animal acupuncture certification in Maryland as well as MUIH's animal acupuncture program, and has been directing and teaching in the program since its inception in Noreen maintains a people and animal acupuncture practice in Laurel, Maryland.
Anne Jeffres, D. Anne Jeffres is nationally board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine NCCAOM and has been a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine since She also works as an acupuncturist at Columbia University in cancer research. Daemon Jones, ND Dr. Jones combines her nutritional expertise with her knowledge of medicine and natural therapies to create safe and effective treatment plans that bring her patients back to vibrant health.
An international speaker and author of Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living , Dr. Jones received her naturopathic medical degree from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her unique approach to client care includes cooking demonstrations, medical home visits, kitchen and nutrition rehabilitation, and mind-body skills training. She is also a certified Qi Gong Instructor, integrating ancient therapeutic breathing and exercise techniques into her treatments.
Donna is a past board member and treasurer of the California Acupuncture Association, and served as a clinical examiner and subject matter expert for the California Acupuncture Committee, helping to develop the California State Board examination.