Today, the Singapore Psychological Society issued an important statement of affirmation and support in time to wrap up Pride Month this year. This is what they said:
“As a professional body, the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) commits to the use of evidence-based practice to support the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals and to do no harm. Current research indicates the inefficacy and possible harmful effects of conversion therapy. As such, we recommend that when treating clients struggling with their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, psychologists use evidence-based therapy. This includes exploring and affirming their orientation/identity, exploring assumptions and goals that may have originated from societal pressures, managing stress, and promoting wellbeing.”
This statement is significant because this is the first time a professional body in Singapore is taking a clear, evidence-based stand against harmful and unethical LGBTQ conversion “therapy”.
As Ecclesia, we are also called to speak up against harmful and unethical practices, especially if they are taking place within the Church. Often this may lead to conflicts and as Christians, we may wonder how best to navigate these differences in opinion and beliefs. There may also be times when we experience conflict within our own church community, and much remains for us to learn about mediating and resolving conflicts. Conflict is not new and has existed since the beginning of time, as seen in the Bible.
Join us this Sunday as we explore Ecclesia and Conflict.