In September, one of Singapore's few openly gay church pastors Miak Siew conducted a talk. With the help of nifty powerpoint slides, the leader of the independent Free Community Church (FCC) spoke of the concerns of gay Christian men and women here. He highlighted their reluctance to approach their pastors for fear of rejection. He argued that church leaders should avoid using terms such as "gay lifestyle" and "practising homosexual". In the audience, some 50 church pastors sat, listening intently. They were from the Methodist Church, the biggest mainline protestant denomination in Singapore.