Mega church pastor comes out

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Mega church pastor comes out

Postby Marvinteck » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:05 pm

Jim Swilley, the pastor of a Georgia megachurch, recently revealed to his congregation that he is gay. The 52-year-old father of four said that his wife, to whom he was married for more than 20 years, encouraged him to come out years ago, but at the time, he told her: "These words will never come out of my mouth."

However, the recent spate of teen suicides, particularly that of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, prompted him to change his mind. "For some reason his situation was kind of the tipping point with me," Swilley told CNN's Don Lemon this weekend.

"There comes a point in your life where you say 'How much time do we have left in our lives? Are we going to be authentic or not?'"

Here is a link to him speaking on CNN: ...
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Re: Mega church pastor comes out

Postby Daknee » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:54 pm

For some reason I can't get the video to play.

But the more I think about it I think Harvey Milk was right in trying to get everyone to come out.
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Re: Mega church pastor comes out

Postby DeckApe » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:55 am

Everyone in his own time. Cheers to Swilley for finding his courage.
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Re: Mega church pastor comes out

Postby nimby » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:53 pm

Yes, very courageous. Bravo for him. It's never too late.
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