The Catholic Order of St. Camillus, Thailand, is hosting the fourth annual 3 day International Education Course, “Understanding Same-Sex Attraction”. It will be held at the Camillian Pastoral Center in Bangkok from February 20th, 2019 to February 22nd, 2019. The course has been gaining in popularity and is one of very few venues in Asia providing an educational program on understanding Gender Identity Development. Many individuals have applied to attend but several need help to pay the registration fee of $200 and need a subsidy to get to Bangkok. Therefore, we seek scholarship money to help them attend this important and unique educational program. More Details about the course can be read at http://int-edu.weebly.com/
Participants include religious leaders such as pastors, priests, nuns, seminarians, and youth ministry leaders and missionaries from all over as well as lay leaders, care-givers, social workers, and especially those who struggle with the issue and their families and friends. They typically come from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. The course explains the psychological factors contributing to gender identity development and provides Scriptural understandings that are relevant to such gender issues. As one past participant, the Head of a Diocesan Family Life Ministry, reflected, The course is an excellent way to understand same-sex attraction in a way that is consistent with both the teachings of any religious faith and sound psychological principles.”
The course is led by lay missionary and professional counsellor Bryan Shen. Bryan has also written a book on the same subject. The title of the book is: “The Un-affirmed Core”. A flyer of the book can be read by clicking here. Physical copies of the book can be ordered from http://www.armourpublishing.com/product/the-un-affirmed-core/ The eBook version can be obtained from https://farisbooks.com/book/568/The-UnAffirmed-Core Do note that you need to apply for a purchase code to buy the eBook. Application is free at https://tuc-pcode.weebly.com/
The Order of St. Camillus is an international religious community of men, both brothers and priests, who are dedicated to caring for the sick, dying, marginalized, and poor. The Order officially came into being on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 1591 when St. Camillus de Lellis and his first followers took their vows and were given the status of an Order by Pope Gregory XIV with the name of “Order of the Ministers of the Sick.” Known today as the Camillians, the Order chose a simple red cross to be worn on their habits, a symbol now universally recognized as the sign of charity and service.
We seek to raise a minimum of $5,000 which will enable us to provide scholarships for up to 20 attendees.