Target: Openly gay seminarian Nick Palacios
Goal: Thank Palacios for being the first openly gay Evangelical seminarian in the country
The Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California recently made headlines for allowing its first openly gay seminarian. Nick Palacios joined the southern California seminary (the largest of its kind in the world) after spending years trying to reconcile his faith with his sexual orientation, both personally and with his religious family. Having been accepted by Fuller, Palacios is dedicated not only to his religious training but to promoting more acceptance of the LGBT community on seminary campuses throughout the country and in Evangelical Christianity as a whole. This will be an uphill climb, as Evangelicals are considered perhaps the most anti-gay religious community in the nation. This difficulty makes beginning the mission all the more courageous.
In addition to allowing Palacios to be the first openly gay seminarian on an Evangelical campus, Fuller has made itself known for another first. Thanks to Fuller’s recent actions, OneTable, an official student organization supporting member of the LGBT community, is the first of its kind to be accepted by an Evangelical seminary. As the co-founder and President of OneTable, Palacios and his small but growing number of comrades hope to promote awareness and acceptance on Fuller’s campus.
No doubt inspired by America’s popular mood, a wave of attempts to form gay student campus groups is hitting seminaries across the nation. While these efforts have been hitherto met with bans and censorship, Fuller’s acceptance of Nick Palacios and approval of OneTable may well pave the path for a new outlook on the subject. Please sign the petition below to show your support for Palacios, and thank him for having the courage and perseverance to embrace both his faith and his sexual orientation.
Dear Nick Palacios:
I am writing to applaud your decision to enroll at the Fuller Theological Seminary as an open member of the LGBT community. Doing so is a momentous occasion, especially at the largest Evangelical Christian seminary in the world. While you pursue your theological studies, you have dedicated yourself to promoting awareness and tolerance for gays and lesbians, for which you have my thanks.
Not only are you the first openly gay Evangelical seminarian, but you are the first to found an official gay student organization on a seminary campus. This is an important first step in making inroads in the mountain of anti-gay sentiment in the Evangelical Christian community. Thank you for your courage and strenuous efforts on behalf of the LGBT community. I applaud your actions and wish you the best of luck in your efforts.
[Your Name Here]
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