Kris Halliday (Lieutenant)
Coordinator: Doorways Perth Community Programs, Assistant Corps Officer Perth Fortress Corps
Kris first felt the call to Salvation Army Officership (Ordained Ministry) as a child, long before he knew what The Salvation Army was. He first felt he was ‘different’ as a child, long before he knew what being gay was.
Through adolescence those two discoveries would intertwine and ultimately collide.
Lieutenant Kris Halliday is a now an open, honest, gay Salvation Army Officer in the inner city of Perth, ordained and commissioned after a 15 year journey that began back in the dark ages (the late 1990’s!) when things weren’t quite as open or easy for gay people as we would have liked.
As a recently out teen, active Church engagement led to being told that “someone like you” would “never ever” be a Salvation Army Officer. The rejection, isolation and hurt experienced from the Church was replaced by acceptance, inclusion and joy outside of it
Later, having found freedom and a sense of whole self away from a faith community, he was called back, in a most clear way.
Discovering a sense of belonging, acceptance and purpose back in the Army he also rediscovered the calling and with it great fear. What would it mean? Would he have to live life single, lonely? Would there be more rejection this time around or into the future? Could an out gay person with a long-held calling to Salvation Army Officership really fulfil that calling in an increasingly conservative movement?
After a long journey in which he discovered himself (and some awesome parties), developed life changing friendships, felt the clear call of God, immersed himself in lay-leadership and urban mission, Kris, after a few last minute speed-bumps, found himself – finally, in a never-forget moment – accepted and Ordained, at exactly the same time as the gay community (and many in the wider community) began to turn on The Salvation Army for its views on homosexuality.
He looks forward to sharing tales from those years, from initial rejection in the late 1990’s through to Commissioning in 2011 with the associated internal conflict, theological wrestling, labels, Scriptural searching, fear, confusion as well as his attempts to make sense of Salvation Army teaching and commentary, with almost no precedent to fall back on.
He lives with 2 friends, a dog named Rupunzel and his foster child.
When he’s not preaching, leading worship, overseeing inner city community support and development programs, sitting on NGO boards, following local politics or studying at Uni you will find him attempting to keep fit at Beatty Park.
If you’ve been wondering where the Salvation Army is really at. in relation to GLBTIQ issues, since the unfortunate Radio interview on Joy FM (Melbourne) 3 years ago, this is a not to be missed opportunity to find out the truth for yourself.
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We will go to “U&I 24hr Pho restaurant” for Coffee and chat after the film. U&I is located on the corner of Francis and William St in Northbridge. Even if you can’t make the meeting itself please feel free to join us for coffee.
The Northbridge Piazza community Centre is located on the Corner of James and Lake Streets Northbridge, underneath and behind the Giant screen in the Piazza.