What past Participants say about this course
- The course is an excellent way to understand SSA (Same Sex Attraction) in a way that is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church and with sound psychological principles. – Fr. Woon, Head of a Diocesan Family Life Ministry, Malaysia.
- It's not only informative but a must if we care for each other & want a better world. – Sr. Cyrilla, Counsellor (Families & Seminarians), Malaysia.
- Clear our biased perceptions about SSA and have better understanding of the pain and struggles they have, and become better persons in the process. – Julie, Care-giver, Malaysia.
- Knowing more about the underlying causes of SSA increased my compassion. Knowing that counselling methods to help young people who struggle with SSA are available made the issue seem not so impossible –still very difficult, but not impossible. Also help for parents to deal lovingly without compromising their values with children in this situation was important information. – Kerri, Mission Guest house operator in Thailand, from USA.
- This course was very beneficial because it provided me with the knowledge about the church’s stand as well as the importance of dealing with certain issues that people with SSA may go through. Besides that I had learnt that empathy and love are key factors to approach these issues, and not with rejection, anger and denial. I feel that everyone should know these things, to promote a more inclusive society, but of course living in a Godly manner (for those who believe). – Brian, Counsellor -Good Shepherd Services, Malaysia.
- ... if we do not address this issue with love and truth, we have the potential of this being a big problem in our churches – either a) by the condoning of non-biblical lifestyles, or b) by alienating a large group of people. This course helps with the understanding and approach of this sensitive issue. – Keith, Clergymen, Christian Missionary Alliance in Thailand, from USA.
- It's Grounded, Informative, Diverse. – Angeline, Counsellor -Good Shepherd Services, Malaysia.
- This course is a great opportunity to learn about difficult relationships brought about by (situational) families. – Josephine, Catechist, Malaysia.
- This course is essential in our mission for building up our societies. – Sr Maria Pham, Lecturer on Social work, Vietnam.
- This course is important to understand people with SSA, and of their needs. The most powerful help is to bring them into our daily prayers. – Fr Heribertus, Missionary in Hong Kong, from Indonesia.
Who else should know about the information in this Course?
Family groups? Faith-based youth groups? Children’s Homes? Religious Instructors? Catechists? Priests? Monks? Imams? Education Ministers? Teachers?
- All the above. I really think the Muslims will be interested in this as they are very concern about this orientation. – Fr. Woon, Head of a Diocesan Family Life Ministry, Malaysia.
- All of the above, and Bishops, Religious communities, and retirees so that they’ll better understand and can help to spread the information too. – Julie, Care-giver, Malaysia.
- All of the above, plus maybe broader groups/congregations of faith-based organizations. I have long thought that in most cases SSA was not a choice, but to see the psycho-social factors behind it confirmed that. I feel that if more people understood this, it would help lessen the gap between the two extremes and help people see there are options! – Kerri, Mission Guest house operator in Thailand, from USA.
- Families, church groups, young people groups. In the education world. – Sr. Cyrilla, Counsellor (Families & Seminarians), Malaysia.
- All families should know, and Religious instructors of diocese and congregation, Priests, Monks, and Teachers of all levels. – Sr. Maria Pham, Lecturer on Social work, Vietnam.
- Everyone should know these information… especially counsellors, religious leaders and teachers… anyone who would have direct contact with people with SSA. – Brian, Counsellor -Good Shepherd Services, Malaysia.
- Faith-based groups, orphanages, priests, monks, imams, teachers (school teachers as well as catechism teachers / Sunday school teachers) and family groups. – Angeline, Counsellor -Good Shepherd Services, Malaysia.
- Faith based Youth groups. Religious instructors in all high-schools. And Heads of schools. – Josephine, Catechist, Malaysia.
- I think especially teachers in high-school. - Catherine Lim, Business woman, Singapore.
- Students. Social workers, Non Profit Organizations, SSA groups. - Mr Van, HIV program manager, Vietnam.
- Prisoners, Actress, Migrants. – Fr Heribertus, Missionary in Hong Kong, from Indonesia.
- EFT – (Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand), and Christian and Missionary Alliance. – Keith Neigenfind, Clergymen, Christian Missionary Alliance in Thailand, from USA.
How important should the information in this course be made known widely?
- Yes, I think the course (information) should be made known more widely. Priests and other church leaders need to have a proper understanding of SSA. – Fr. Woon, Head of a Diocesan Family Life Ministry, Malaysia.
- It's very important & urgent that (the information in) this course be made known as it would correct the many ill-informed, thus making the world a happier place for many who are misunderstood. – Sr. Cyrilla, Counsellor (fFmilies & Seminarians), Malaysia.
- This course is very essential for the society and pastoral ministry in Vietnam now. That is why (I’m glad for) a deeper understanding through this course and I’ll share the information as much as I can. – Sr. Maria Pham, Lecturer on Social work, Vietnam.
- I think it is very valuable and helpful, especially to those whose moral values don’t allow embracing a gay lifestyle (as) an acceptable option. – Kerri, Mission Guest house operator in Thailand, from USA.
- Very very important. I will share with my siblings and friends and recommend them to attend the course themselves. – Julie, Care-giver, Malaysia.
- All the information is based on true stories - the truth of our lives are very important. All the information I have gained in this course gave me new meaning to help people with SSA. Life is a process. – Fr Heribertus, Missionary in Hong Kong, from Indonesia.
- Very Important. (Some countries) still have stigma towards this issue. Even in many Catholic churches, this issue is not taken in a loving manner, but treated with negativity. The lack of knowledge makes people have negative stereotypes about the LGBT community, and prevents them from knowing the person’s other aspects of life. – Brian, Counsellor -Good Shepherd Services, Malaysia.
- I personally feel the information gained during this course has to be made known more widely as there are many people out there who find it hard to talk about it. It has become quite a taboo topic to be discussed in the open. Most people end up pretending (unconcerned) about it even though there are a lot of questions /doubts /concerns in their minds. – Angeline, Counsellor -Good Shepherd Services, Malaysia.
- The information is necessary for us in Vietnam situation, and making it known more widely is a sensitive strategy. - Mr Van, HIV program manager, Vietnam
Participants of the Course (in English). 31 Jan - 2 February 2018.
Participants of the Course (in Thai). 20 - 22 February 2017.
Participants of the Course (in English). 15 - 17 February 2017.
Participants of the Course (in Thai). 22 - 24 February 2016.
Participants of the Course (in English). 17 - 19 February 2016.
IMPORTANT: Due to lack of manpower, the Course in Thai is no longer organized since 2018. However any Thai group or organization are welcome to host this 3 day training. Please inquire using the Contact Form in this page.