OneByOne

OneByOne is a Presbyterian ex-gay organization that advocates reparative therapy and is based in Rochester, New York.

History

The idea for OneByOne started as a result of a conference held in November 1994 by a PC(USA) church and the Presbyterian Renewal Ministries entitiled "The Path to Freedom: Exploring healing for the Homosexual." In January 1995 the Presbyterian Renewal Network held a meeting to discuss what could be done, at which time they created OneByOne. In July 2003, it joined with 10 other organization that serve people conflicted over unwanted homosexual attractions to form a coalition called Positive Alternatives to Homosexuality.

OneByOne's mission is both to minister to the "sexually broken" and serve as a source to those trying to support them, with an emphasis on homosexuality. Since they teach that sex should only be employed between a husband and a wife, they view homosexuality as a sin and a type of sexual brokenness. The organization cites testimonies of participants, saying their methods have been effective in helping them abandon their homosexual orientation.

It has produced Pastoral Care Guide,One by One a guide that provides a basic overview of dealing with sexual conflict,One by One Touched by His Grace, a booklet where seven former gay men and four former lesbians describe their experience of gaining heterosexual adaptation and spiritual freedom. Also, in combination with Presbyterians For Renewal, OneByOne created the film, ''Speaking a Mystery:God's Design for Human Sexuality''.Speaking A Mystery

OneByOne and the PC(USA)

Within the PC(USA), interpretation of the Bible's stance on homosexuality has been sharply debated, and they are currently awaiting the release of a study on the "peace, unity, and purity" of the church before taking up the issue again. OneByOne members have accused those supporting the idea that homosexual behavior can be Biblical as having been influenced by science and their own feelings, rather than scripture. Those in favor argue that what is most important is what the spirit teaches the churches now. Both agree with that the condemnation of homosexuality as a sin greater than other sexual sins is incorrect.

Some presbyteries, such as the Presbytery of New York, have gone further and have made a call to "refrain from supporting, implementing or sponsoring therapies of ministries which attempt to alter a person's sexual orientation." OneByOne argued that denying such therapies would "in effect deny the God-given right of Presbyterians to seek transformation of their sexual identity, behavior and desires and thereby violate the principles of pastoral care listed in our Book of Order." They further state that "Jesus can and wants to bring healing to those who have unwanted same-sex attractions." Other Presbyteries are supportive of OneByOne, saying that "persons who deal with same-sex attraction in a way that is faithful to Scripture are heroes of the church."

Controversy

The general consensus among mainstream medical organizations (though there are individual dissenters) is that sexual orientation is unchangeable. OneByOne, however, advocates reparative therapy, which attempts to eliminate same-sex attraction, and publishes the testimony of participants saying that, through the help of OneByOne, they have experienced diminished or eliminated same-sex attraction. LGBT rights supporters denounce any group that supports aspects of the ex-gay movement, and they state that behind a mask of compassion the ex-gay movement's true goal is "to roll back legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."

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