A place to belong. Isn't that what we all want, really? Somewhere we feel loved and wanted. A place where we can be real. A place where we can say what's really going on inside and not be turned away or ostracized simply by others' silence. A place where we're included and accepted, no matter what.
That's what Jesus did for people while he was here on this earth. And he's still doing it today through communities of faith that believe in being safe places. CenterPeace is built on the concept of table fellowship, on the truth that Jesus invites each of us, no matter where we are in our thinking, to dine with him.
Founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CenterPeace offers seminars to help church leaders, educators, and families better understand issues impacting LGBTQ+ people and open conversations about faith and sexuality. CenterPeace grew out of Founder and Executive Director Sally Gary's own journey, growing up in a Christian family, experiencing same-sex attraction without a safe place to talk about those feelings. Church and university leaders gathered with Sally for nearly two years exploring what a ministry like this should offer, and the result was CenterPeace. For over a decade churches and universities have reached out to CenterPeace for helping families and individuals resolve questions of faith and sexuality. Allowing the Lord to take the circumstances of our lives and use them to His glory, CenterPeace is helping Christians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + find a place to belong within the Body of Christ.
We welcome grace-filled dialogue and respectful disagreement with all who come to the table, acknowledging Jesus as the CenterPeace of our existence.
We neither promote nor condone even the most well-intentioned condemnation of God's LGBTQ+ children, nor will we allow politics to distract us from extending the Lord's invitation to His banquet table.
For without Jesus at the center of our lives, there is no peace.