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Embrace Webinar #16 – Rachel Gilson

Born Again this Way: Coming Out, Coming to Faith, and What Comes Next

Born Again this Way: Coming Out, Coming to Faith, and What Comes Next

By Rachel Gilson

As a Christian who experiences same-sex attraction, is it possible to live a life that’s faithful and fulfiling? Rachel Gilson wants to show you that it is. Living as a Christian with same-sex attraction is not just a case of limping to the finish line—it’s possible to run the race with joy.

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“I Never Became Straight. Perhaps that Was Never God’s Goal.”

By Rachel Gilson for Christianity Today

“Slowly, I came to understand that “making me straight” wasn’t the answer. There is no biblical command to be heterosexual. Through study, conversations, and prayer, I eventually arrived at a crucial truth: that sex wasn’t something God discovered, then fenced about with arbitrary restrictions, but something he made—to teach and to bless us. When his teachings went against my instincts, denying my desires became a profound way of saying, ‘I trust you.'”

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“My Same Sex Attraction Has an Answer: But It’s the Answer God Gives All of Us”

By Rachel Gilson for Christianity Today

“My book…is meant to help same-sex-attracted Christians thrive in Jesus and also help others come alongside us in our journeys. But Christians who experience same-sex attraction are asking questions that tap into some very universal streams.”

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Mere Christianity

By C.S. Lewis

Rachel’s reading of this Christian classic by C.S. Lewis was pivotal in her decision to follow Jesus.

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Rachel serves on the leadership team of Theological Development and Culture with Cru. Her writing has appeared in Christianity Today among other venues and she regularly speaks at churches and on college campuses. Rachel recently received her master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter.

Learn more about Rachel on her website: Rachel Gilson.


Michelle Sanchez is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the ECC. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area, ministered to international students in New York City with Cru, and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an international business degree from New York University (NYU), and certification in spiritual direction from Boston College.

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