Coming Out Young and Faithful
April 1st, 2001
ISBN 0829814140 (ISBN13: 9780829814149)
More Than Welcome
January 1st, 1999
ISBN 0827223250 (ISBN13: 9780827223257)
A 1999 Choice Academic Book of the Year. "Mainline churches," says Waun, "are so preoccupied with debating the sinfulness of homosexuality that they are missing opportunities to pastor persons who have been turned off by and excluded from the church."
Us Versus Us: The Untold Story of Religion and the LGBT Community
June 1st, 2016
ISBN 1631466194 (ISBN13: 9781631466199)
Would you believe that 86 percent of LGBT people--from the proud marcher at the Pride Parade to the quiet, closeted teen--spent their childhood in church? More than half of them left those religious communities as adults; three out of four would be happy to come back. For decades now we have found our-selves caught up in a culture war: us versus them. Good news: there is no them. Our culture war has been a civil war: Us versus Us. And there is a path toward meaningful peace. Andrew Marin brings the startling findings of his largest-ever scientific survey of the religious history, practices, and beliefs of the LGBT community.
Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk: LGBT Pastoral Care
December 6th, 2007
ISBN 0829817069 (ISBN13: 9780829817065)
This practical handbook, written by two self-described queer people of faith, covers the basic skills religious caregivers and ministry students need in order to be effective, enlightened, and supportive pastoral care providers to LGBTQ persons within as well as outside their congregations and communities.
Queer Jihad: LGBT Muslims on Coming Out, Activism, and the Faith
September 25th 2013
ISBN 0980013836 (ISBN13: 9780980013832)
Chronicling the struggles of key individuals and organizations on the path to reconcile sexuality and faith, “Queer Jihad” is a look at a global movement that defies stereotype. Whether in the face of a post-9/11 West, or in the company of harsh laws in the East, a new generation of LGBT Muslims is rising up to own their voice, demand their rights, and encounter the change of the world as they know it.
What's Wrong with Homosexuality?
March 1st, 2013
ISBN 0199856311 (ISBN13: 9780199856312)
Is homosexuality unnatural? Does the Bible condemn it? Are people born gay (and should it matter either way)? Corvino approaches such questions with precision, sensitivity, and good humor. In the process, he makes a fresh case for moral engagement, forcefully rejecting the idea that morality is a "private matter." This book appears at a time when same-sex marriage is being hotly debated across the U.S. Many people object to such marriage on the grounds that same-sex relationships are immoral, or at least, that they do not deserve the same social recognition as heterosexual relationships
Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith
April 21st, 2000
ISBN 0826412319 (ISBN13: 9780826412317)
Reflecting a wide spectrum of religious tradition and spiritual paths--including Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, 12-step, Christian and Jewish--over 30 contributors speak about the intersections of their faith practice and their bisexuality.
Uncommon Gay Spiritual Warrior: 7 Steps to Greatness
June 2nd 2014
ISBN 1499757328 (ISBN13: 9781499757323)
The Uncommon Spiritual Warrior is one GLBT man's spiritual, psychological, and physical search for peace, mental health, and right relationship. Bo Sebastian opens his arms and heart to reveal his transparent work toward a more holistic and authentic life.
Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family
May 27th, 2014
ISBN 0316094641 (ISBN13: 9780316094641)
When Aaron Hartzler was little, he couldn’t wait for the The Rapture: that moment when Jesus would come down from the clouds to whisk him and his family up to heaven. But as he turns sixteen, Aaron grows more curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord. He begins to realize he doesn’t want Jesus to come back just yet—not before he has his first kiss, sees his first movie, or stars in the school play. In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey from devoted to doubtful, and the search to find his own truth without losing the fundamentalist family who loves him.
Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays
October 1st, 2012
ISBN 0814786375 (ISBN13: 9780814786376)
In the Bible Belt, it's common to see bumper stickers that claim One Man + One Woman = Marriage, church billboards that command one to "Get right with Jesus," letters to the editor comparing gay marriage to marrying one's dog, and nightly news about homophobic attacks from the Family Foundation. While some areas of the Unites States have made tremendous progress in securing rights for gay people, Bible Belt states lag behind. Not only do most Bible Belt gays lack domestic partner benefits, lesbians and gay men can still be fired from some places of employment in many regions of the Bible Belt for being a homosexual.
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
December 31st, 1980
ISBN 0226067114 (ISBN13: 9780226067117)
John Boswell's National Book Award-winning study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the early Christian West was a groundbreaking work that challenged preconceptions about the Church's past relationship to its gay members—among them priests, bishops, and even saints—when it was first published twenty-five years ago.
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Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation
October 1st, 2006
ISBN 0664230466 (ISBN13: 9780664230463)
Probing into numerous questions about gender and sexuality, Dale Martin delves into the biblical texts anew and unearths surprising findings. Avoiding preconceptions about ancient sexuality, he explores the ethics of desire and marriage and pays careful attention to the original meanings of words, especially those used as evidence of Paul's opposition to homosexuality. For example, after a remarkably faithful reading of the scriptural texts, Martin concludes that our contemporary obsession with marriage--and the whole search for the "right" sexual relationships--is antithetical to the message of the gospel. In all of these essays, however, Martin argues for engaging Scripture in a way that goes beyond the standard historical-critical questions and the assumptions of textual agency in order to find a faith that has no foundations other than Jesus Christ.
Respectful LGBT Conversations
May 14th 2018
ISBN 1532617909 (ISBN13: 9781532617904)
In stark contrast to the shrill and nasty interactions among many Christians regarding contentious LGBT issues, this book models a redemptive mode of engagement by featuring respectful conversations among deeply committed Christians who hold to diverging traditional and non-traditional views. The foundational values guiding these conversations are the quest for truth, giving the gift of love to all brothers and sisters in Christ, and modeling Christian unity.
Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities
September 17th, 2009
ISBN 0754676242 (ISBN13: 9780754676249)
The subject of gay and lesbian sexuality is perhaps the most vexed issue in the contemporary Christian Church. Many churches have been forced to confront the matter, both theologically and pastorally and in consequence, controversies have proved divisive within the Church: most notably between conservative and liberal orientated denominations, as well as evangelical churches. This book explores these themes from a sociological perspective, addressing not only gay and lesbian sexualities, but also bi- and transgendered sexualities. It thus considers a number of supplementary issues related to the formation of identities both sexually and spirituality, the construction of theologies and worldviews, the varying significance of LGBT sexualities, as well as mobilization, and a number of other themes.
Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives
December 14th, 2011
ISBN 0415783046 (ISBN13: 9780415783040)
Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred is a thoughtful collection of bisexuals, polysexual and pansexual scholarship on religion and spirituality. It examines how religious and spiritual traditions address sexuality, whilst also exploring the ways in which bisexually-, polysexuals-, and pansexually active people embrace religious and spiritual practice. The volume offers a comprehensive analysis of these prevalent themes by focusing on five main areas of discussion: Christian and Unitarian Discourses; Indigenous and Decolonizing Spiritual Discourses; Feminist Spiritual Discourses; Buddhist Discourses; and Neo/Pagan Discourses.
Changing Our Mind: A call from America's leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church
October 23rd, 2014
“Every generation has its hot-button issue,” writes David P. Gushee, “For us, it’s the LGBT issue.” In Changing Our Mind, Gushee takes the reader along his personal and theological journey as he changes his mind about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church. With 19 books to his name, Gushee is no stranger to the public arena. He is the author of the “Evangelical Declaration Against Torture” and drafted the “Evangelical Climate Initiative. “For decades now, David Gushee has earned the reputation as America's leading evangelical ethicist. In this book, he admits that he has been wrong on the LGBT issue.” writes Brian D. McLaren, author and theologian.
Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground
January 3rd, 2019
ISBN 1108470157 (ISBN13: 9781108470155)
The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) are strongly contested by certain faith communities, and this confrontation has become increasingly pronounced following the adjudication of a number of legal cases. As the strident arguments of both sides enter a heated political arena, it brings forward the deeply contested question of whether there is any possibility of both communities’ contested positions being reconciled under the same law. This volume assembles impactful voices from the faith, LGBT advocacy, legal, and academic communities – from the Human Rights Campaign and ACLU to the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholic and LDS churches.
The Trans-Evangelist: The Life and Times of a Transgender Pentecostal Preacher
November 28th, 2012
ISBN 1893075230 (ISBN13: 9781893075238)
"The Trans Evangelist," a document that scans seven decades. Her story is a unique journey that the reader will find fascinating, entertaining, and spiritually uplifting. Paula says: "So many people are living dull and uneventful lives because they are being what society expects them to be, rather than being the person they really are." Paula has had the courage to step out and be herself, swimming against the current of popular opinion of her time. Her life is checkered with controversy. Yet, through it all, God's hand remained on her life. In this book she leaves a legacy that people will not soon forget. ..".God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.....and things which are despised, hath God chosen...." (I Corinthians 1:27, 28)
Openly Gay, Openly Christian: How the Bible Really Is Gay Friendly
July 1st, 1999
ISBN 0943595789 (ISBN13: 9780943595788)
This book details the afffiming move of God among gays. God has been moving among gay Christians for decades now. The voice of Homosexuality in the Church is not going away but growing louder. Gay and Christian is not an oxymoron. Scripture is studied using evangelical tools such as Strong's Concordance. The conclusions are reached after detailed study. This book should be read by heterosexual and gay Christians alike. It brings liberty and love to the whole Body of Christ.
Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships
July 6th 2014
In Oriented to Faith, Tim Otto tells the story of his struggle with being gay and what that taught him about the gospel. With an authentic and compelling personal voice, Tim invites us to explore how God is at work in the world, even amidst the most difficult circumstances, redeeming and transforming the church through this difficult debate. With gentle wisdom and compassionate insight, Tim invites all followers of Jesus to consider how we might work with God through these tensions so that all can be transformed by God's good news in and through Christ.
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community
October 1st, 2014
In Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Church and the LGBT Community, Baldock uncovers the historical, cultural, medical, and political filters of discrimination through which the LGBT community is seen. With the foundation firmly established, she examines the most controversial filter of all: what the Bible says about same-sex behavior. Ten years of research, as well as relationships with thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, led to answering important questions: How did history, culture, science, and politics intertwine to create social discrimination against the gay and transgender community? When and why did the conservative Christian community turn their focus on the gay and transgender community? Should Christian fellowship be extended to gay and transgender people? Should civil marriages, or even Christian marriages, be granted to them?
Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics--and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway
May 26th, 2011
ISBN 0306819287 (ISBN13: 9780306819285)
The unforgettable central character in Sex, Mom, and God is the author’s far-from-prudish evangelical mother, Edith, who sweetly but bizarrely provides startling juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual thoughout Schaeffer’s childhood. She was, says Frank Schaeffer, “the greatest illustration of the Divine beauty of Paradox I’ve encountered … a fundamentalist living a double life as a lover of beauty who broke all her own judgmental rules in favor of creativity.”
Charlotte Gordon, the award-winning author of Mistress Bradstreet, calls Sex, Mom, and God “a tour de force . . . Sarah Palin, ‘The Family,’ Anne Hutchinson, adultery, abortion, homophobia, Uganda, Ronald Reagan, B. B. King, Billy Graham, Hugh Hefner—it’s all here. This is the kind of book I did not want to end.”
The Value of Suffering: Including the LGBT community
December 2nd, 2016
This book was inspired by close friends and relatives of the LGBT community and how they cope and find themselves in twisted social situations at times. Whenever family gathers for a sick family member or the death of someone we held close to our hearts, we often see those we rarely see any other times. It is almost like a family reunion but the sad part is that those who come to pay their respects are often the ones who were disgraced, shunned, or shamed by other family members because of their sexual orientation choices. Together with the injustice of this biased and prejudiced behavior comes the role of Christianity and how it dictates us as Christians to live according to the parables written in the scriptures.
The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir
May 17th, 2008
ISBN 0393059847 (ISBN13: 9780393059847)
Paul Moore's vocation as an Episcopal priest took him—with his wife Jenny and a family that grew to nine children—from robber-baron wealth to work among the urban poor of postwar America, prominence as an activist bishop in Washington during the Johnson years, leadership in the civil rights and peace movements, and two decades as the bishop of New York. The Bishop's Daughter is a daughter's story of that complex, visionary man: a chronicle of her turbulent relationship with a father who struggled privately with his sexuality while she openly explored hers, and a searching account of the consequences of sexual secrets. With a depth of questioning that recalls James Carroll's An American Requiem, this memoir engages the reader in the great issues of American life: war, race, family, sexuality, and faith.
Ministering to LGBTs And Those Who Love Them
February 1st, 2016
ISBN 194019735X (ISBN13: 9781940197357)
LEE ANN B. MARINO was not expecting anything extraordinary about her ministry call. Already having a bit of a reputation as a radical due to her vehemently unpopular views about women, working with the lesbian-gay-bisexual-and transgender community and their families was simply not in her plan. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, this was easy to do, because it was still not an issue that many people discussed in church. This was right up until, coinciding around the time that LGBT issues became front and center in society, Dr. Marino confronted the issue of caring about someone who was gay head on – and how that relationship changed her entire life.
August 3rd, 2006
ISBN 146810621X (ISBN13: 9781468106213)
What happens when you hold a secret your whole life that can never be shared? What happens when your faith abandons you to pray your problem away? What happens when you destroy a complete generation of your family? This is the story of David, born into the Mormon faith who faces the insurmountable to become Cindi. Her life crumbles before her as she is pushed into an untenable position. Her family is destroyed as well as her career. She manages to pull herself through these agonizing events to rebuild her life and reconnect with her family. "In this autobiography, at times whimsical and at times serious, Cindi continues to hold strong to her principles in the face of so much rejection from those around her: family, faith, friends. I believe this story can be a source of inspiration for others facing similar difficulties, by showing that acceptance from others must start with self-acceptance." .. Andrea James
Witchcraft: The Gay Counterculture
June 1st, 1978
ISBN 0915480018 (ISBN13: 9780915480012)
This controversial work, published in 1978 by Fag Rag Press, investigates the historical relationship between homosexuality and paganism with a focus on old Europe and the persecution of pagans by Christians during the early formation of the Christian religion. It compares this history with present-day LGBT culture with an intent to show how the current persecution and marginalization of queer people is an extension of a history of religious intolerance.
Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
February 3rd, 2013
ISBN 0802868630 (ISBN13: 9780802868633)
This thought-provoking book by James Brownson develops a broad, cross-cultural sexual ethic from Scripture, locates current debates over homosexuality in that wider context, and explores why the Bible speaks the way it does about same-sex relationships.
THE LGBT BIBLE: Contemplations On Christ Consciousness
January 7th, 2014
Poetic and mystical, this contemporary humanitarian literature teaches that the doctrine of Christ does not admonish same gender intimacy. Judgmentalism and intolerance against the LGBT community in the church erodes the power of Christ consciousness and weakens Christine fellowship. The LGBT BIBLE is as controversial as it is empowering, identifying the disparity between the old and new testaments. This book dispels dogmatic mis-truths about what Christianity truly means in 24 synoptic contemplations written in contemporary ecclesiastical prose reminiscent of Gibran.
September 1st, 2008
ISBN 0470279281 (ISBN13: 9780470279281)
This thoughtful, practical guide shows readers a way through the minefield of condemnation and persecution faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians and helps foster a faith that is bulletproof--impervious to attacks yet loving and savvy in its approach. Bulletproof Faith is filled with useful insights and proven spiritual practices that deflect attacks and enhance and strengthen faith by turning attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth.
The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity
April 15th, 1988
ISBN 0231061013 (ISBN13: 9780231061018)
Addresses the practice of permanent sexual renunciation that developed in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries AD. This book describes the early Christians and their preoccupations. It follows the reflection and controversy these notions generated among Christian writers. It is intended for classicists and medievalists.
Hounded by God: A Gay Man's Journey to Self-Acceptance, Love, and Relationship
May 1st 2013
ISBN 1457519615 (ISBN13: 9781457519611)
In Hounded by God, the author writes about his struggle to integrate his homosexuality with his personality and his Catholic-Christian spirituality. Born in 1948, he grew up in the '50s, '60s, and '70s when homosexuality was considered either a mental illness or a major sin. In 1968, he had his first homosexual experience. Feeling shame and trying to repress his feelings, he spent over six years in therapy. Raised a strict Roman Catholic, Joseph confessed his many "sins" to a priest and attended Mass daily. He felt hopeless in accepting his homosexuality and living happily as a gay man, repeating nightly, "If it gets too bad, I can always kill myself." By 1974, he knew that therapy was not changing his sexual orientation and felt desperate.
Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition
January 16th, 2004
ISBN 0299190943 (ISBN13: 9780299190941)
Wrestling with God and Men is the product of Rabbi Steven Greenberg's ten-year struggle to reconcile his homosexuality with Orthodox Judaism. Employing traditional rabbinic resources, Greenberg presents readers with surprising biblical interpretations of the creation story, the love of David and Jonathan, the destruction of Sodom, and the condemning verses of Leviticus. But Greenberg goes beyond the question of whether homosexuality is biblically acceptable to ask how such relationships can be sacred. In so doing, he draws on a wide array of nonscriptural texts to introduce readers to occasions of same-sex love in Talmudic narratives, medieval Jewish poetry and prose, and traditional Jewish case law literature. Ultimately, Greenberg argues that Orthodox communities must open up debate, dialogue, and discussion- precisely the foundation upon which Jewish law rests-to truly deal with the issue of homosexual love.
Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven: Women, Sexuality and the Catholic Church
January 1st, 1988
ISBN 0140165002 (ISBN13: 9780140165005)
This international bestseller--condemned by New York's Cardinal O'Connor who, without reading it, likened it to "scrawling dirty words about the church on bathroom walls"--is a definitive, richly documented report on the oppression of women and sexuality in the Catholic Church.
Witness: Gay and Lesbian Clergy Report from the Front
October 1st 1999
ISBN 0664257879 (ISBN13: 9780664257873)
Based on interviews with gay and lesbian clergy, Dann Hazel constructs a mosaic depicting the ministry of gays and lesbians across the denominational spectrum. He poignantly describes the personal challenges these clergy face in their efforts to do constructive work in theology in order to build faith communities where gay men and lesbians can flourish spiritually.
The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective
November 20th, 2018
ISBN 1512602930 (ISBN13: 9781512602937)
Reading some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another. Drawing on her own experience and lifelong reading practice, Ladin shows how the Torah, a collection of ancient texts that assume human beings are either male or female, speaks both to practical transgender concerns, such as marginalization, and to the challenges of living without a body or social role that renders one intelligible to others.
Catholic and Gay: My Journey into Roman Catholic Priesthood and Out of the Closet
November 9th, 2017
ISBN 1979624488 (ISBN13: 9781979624480)
In this unprecedented memoir, Charles shares the confusion he felt growing up as he wrestled with his sexuality and his desire to become a Roman Catholic Priest. Follow the journey of a man who devoted the first thirty-three years of his life and studies to serve the Church, only to discover the life he idolized and the beliefs he taught conflicted with the hidden secret of his life that kept him from accepting his true self and potential.
What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
December 31st, 1994
ISBN 188636009X (ISBN13: 9781886360099)
Does God's word in the Bible really condemn homosexuality?...... Top scholars--like the late John Boswell of Yale, Daniel Boyarin of Berkeley, Bernadette Brooten of Brandeis, L.William Countryman of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Victor P. Furnish of SMU, Saul M. Olyan of Brown and Robin Scruggs of Union Theological Seminary--show that those who perceive Bible passages as condemning homosexuality are being misled by faulty translation and poor interpretation...... Danial A. Helminiak, Ph.D. respected theologian and Roman Catholic priest, explains in a clear fashion the fascinating new insights of these scholars...... The Bible has been used to justify slavery, inquisitions, apartheid and the subjugation of women.
Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America
March 26th, 2013
ISBN 0062049739 (ISBN13: 9780062049735)
Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America is part memoir and part investigative analysis that explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America. The quest to find an answer is at the heart of Does Jesus Really Love Me? a personal journey of belief, an investigation, and a portrait of a faith and a nation at odds by award-winning reporter Jeff Chu. From Brooklyn to Nashville to California, from Westboro Baptist Church and their “God Hates Fags” protest signs, to the pioneering Episcopalian bishop Mary Glasspool—who proclaims a message of liberation and divine love, Chu captures spiritual snapshots of Christian America at a remarkable moment, when tensions between both sides in the culture wars have rarely been higher.
God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
April 22nd 2014
ISBN 1601425163 (ISBN13: 9781601425164)
As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to some-day share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships. Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality.
Utilitarianism: And the Fight for LGBT Enfranchisement
April 24th, 2016
Utilitarianism is an ethical theory which features a uniquely hedonistic view of morality. Under utilitarianism, consequences are the only thing that truly matter. In order to act morally, one must behave in such a way that the future results bring about the greatest amount of happiness to the greatest amount of people. It is an egalitarian theory, dictating as it does that each person’s happiness is of equal importance.
Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations
January 1st, 1995
ISBN 0664255353 (ISBN13: 9780664255350)
Equal Rites is a much-needed collection of worship services, ceremonies, and celebrations that is attuned to the unique needs of sexual minorities. The selections, written primarily by lesbians and gay men, include rites of spiritual beginnings, healing, blessings, holy communion, and pride and empowerment. Also included are funeral memorial services and seasonal and holiday rites for couples. More than a collection, Equal Rites can also serve as a reference book for creating unique and meaningful worship services that address significant aspects of lesbian and gay spirituality.
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
November 13th, 2012
ISBN 1455514314 (ISBN13: 9781455514311)
As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance. But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality.
Gay Relationships and the Bible: How Homosexual Love and Jesus Fit Together
August 20th 2019
ISBN 0648326810 (ISBN13: 9780648326816)
Have you ever wondered what God really thinks about homosexuality? Are homosexual love and Jesus at odds with each other, or are gay relationships and the Bible perfectly complemented? Indeed, homosexual Christians can find that their sexual expression and identity are things that are found in, and originate with, God.Find out how we can all experience peace and wholeness with ourselves and God while the battle between people in same-sex relationships and the Church continues. In this new book, you will learn how to gain freedom from the oppression of those who say that gay relationships and Christ are incompatible. Same-sex love and God, and indeed, gay sex and God, go hand in hand and can be enjoyed in good conscience without conflict, guilt, or shame.
Religion is a Queer Thing: A Guide to the Christian Faith for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People
May 1st, 1998
ISBN 0829812695 (ISBN13: 9780829812695)
Many will no doubt claim that a book like Religion Is a Queer Thing is unnecessary. Christianity is Christianity, they will argue; there is only one version of it and it applies to all. Christianity has nothing to do with race, sexuality, class, or bodily differences. Christianity addresses us in our common humanity. This is a clever argument, not only because it immediately attempts to separate God from issues of racism, sexism, classism, and so on, and make them purely "human" concerns, but because it identifies Christianity as the theology of those who are not themselves economically or socially disadvantaged. In the name of a God who joined the struggles of human life and stood with the marginalized, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Christians have challenged the notion of what constitutes Christianity.
What Does It Mean to Be Welcoming? Navigating LGBT Questions in Your Church
August 14th, 2018
ISBN 083084144X (ISBN13: 9780830841448)
Is your church wrestling with LGBT questions from membership to marriage? Travis Collins has been there. A pastor who has walked congregations through the complex issues surrounding gay Christians, he knows firsthand the confusion and hurt that often follow. He has also seen churches have these conversations with grace and understanding. In this practical resource, readers will gain insight into relevant biblical passages and hear from interpreters on both sides of the debate. They will consider the implications of their convictions for ministry practice, relationships, church policy, and more. They will hear testimonies from gay friends and family members about their experiences in the church.
Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion
September 21st, 2012
ISBN 1590213661 (ISBN13: 9781590213667)
Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion offers an illuminating glimpse into a child's sequestered world of abuse, homophobia, and religious extremism. Scott Terry's memoir is a compelling, poignant and occasionally humorous look into the Jehovah's Witness faith -- a religion that refers to itself as The Truth -- and a brave account of Terry's successful escape from a troubled past.
A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics,
December 15th, 2006
ISBN 0802866956 (ISBN13: 9780802866950)
In A Time to Embrace William Stacy Johnson brilliantly analyzes the religious, legal, and political debates about gay marriage, civil unions, and committed gay couples. This new edition includes updates that reflect the many changes in laws pertaining to civil unions / same-sex marriage since 2006.
Mark 947: A Life Shaped by God, Gender and Force of Will
December 31st, 2002
ISBN 0595263763 (ISBN13: 9780595263769)
Mark 947 chronicles one woman’s progress from spirit to flesh, a literal transubstantiation by force of will. Born a boy to loving but religious parents in the rural heartland of Tennessee, Calpernia Addams found her way on an unlighted path from forbidden dreams to fulfillment as a scholar, showgirl and eventually, as a woman. Sultry stage siren by night, intellectual chameleon by day, she worked her way to the top of Nashville’s underground entertainment scene without ever succumbing to drugs, alcohol or bitterness, and through it all never lost her heart. When love walked into her new life in the form of a handsome young Army private, it seemed everything had at last come together. Then at the pinnacle of her career, as she was crowned Tennessee Entertainer of the Year in front of hundreds of adoring fans, her love was murdered in his sleep sixty miles away by bigoted fellow soldiers, sparking a national controversy that resonates still.
Scared Straight: The Manipulation of the LGBT Community by Society and the Church
May 9th, 2017
ISBN 154295858X (ISBN13: 9781542958585)
Homosexuality is NOT a sin, furthermore, religious teaching is completely wrong on this subject. TRUTH-Truth is different from “true.” Truth must be discovered, it must be sought, it must be “found.” It does not appear on the surface as an easily obtainable cork bobbing on the top of the water, able to be plucked out of the ocean of debris with a fishing net. It is not quickly seen by the untrained or the lazy eye. Truth is not delivered to our doorstep, nor is it found on the front page of the newspaper, or even on the home pages of “google,” “yahoo,” or “facebook.” Truth will only be found and experienced after some time of struggle, inspection, discovery, and the actual burning desire to separate it from all the fluff that we have been inundated with over the years.
UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question
November 8th, 2011
Shore is one of America's leading Christian writers on the subject of gay people and Christianity. His essays are widely credited with being central to the sea change in Christian thinking that has occurred on this issue in recent years. UNFAIR offers the best of Shore's writings on homosexuality and Christians/Christianity, along with heart-wrenching but ultimately inspiring letters from gay people telling what it's like to grow up, and live today, both gay and Christian. The book's opening essay, "Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality," is a must-read for anyone seeking clarity on the relationship between the Bible, Christianity, and LGBT people. If you read only one book on this subject, make it this one.
Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity
June 13th, 2017
ISBN 0062694316 (ISBN13: 9780062694317)
On the day after the Orlando nightclub shooting, James Martin S.J. posted a video on Facebook in which he called for solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. "The largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected," he began. He then implored his fellow Catholics—and people everywhere—to "stand not only with the people of Orlando but also with their LGBT brothers and sisters." A powerful call for tolerance, acceptance, and support—and a reminder of Jesus' message for us to love one another.
Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir by Kevin Jennings
January 1st, 2006
ISBN 0807071463 (ISBN13: 9780807071465)
Growing up poor in the South, Kevin Jennings learned a lot of things, especially about how to be a real man. When his father, a fundamentalist preacher, dropped dead at his son’s eighth birthday party, Kevin already knew he wasn’t supposed to cry. He also knew there was no salvation for homosexuals, who weren’t “real men”—or Christians, for that matter. But Jennings found his salvation in school, inspired by his mother. Self-taught, from Appalachia, her formal education had ended in sixth grade, but she was determined that her son would be the first member of their extended family to go to college, even if it meant going North. Kevin, propelled by her dream, found a world beyond poverty. He earned a scholarship to Harvard and there learned not only about history and literature, but also that it was possible to live openly as a gay man.
The Gay Catechism: Explaining the LGBT Christian
August 16th, 2016
When people see the religious debate on homosexuality, they often believe it to be a one sided issue because of the prominence of anti-gay leaders being exposed to public media, what does the other side of the debate have to say? The Gay Catechism: Explaining the LGBT Christian gives you an inside look at the debate based on the issues of biblical interpretation, defying religious freedom, and how someone can be gay and Christian. Gay or straight, religious or not, this book opens people to the side of the argument that believes God loves his LGBT children.
Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community
June 1st, 2010
ISBN 1556438133 (ISBN13: 9781556438134)
While the Jewish mainstream still argues about homosexuality, transgender and gender-variant people have emerged as a distinct Jewish population and as a new chorus of voices. Inspired and nurtured by the successes of the feminist and LGBT movements in the Jewish world, Jews who identify with the “T” now sit in the congregation, marry under the chuppah, and create Jewish families. Balancing on the Mechitza offers a multifaceted portrait of this increasingly visible community.
Taking a Chance on God: Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Lovers, Families, and Friends
October 1st, 1988
ISBN 0807079456 (ISBN13: 9780807079454)
Taking a Chance on God explores how lesbians and gay men can claim both a positive gay identity and a fulfilling life of Christian faith.
Sanctified: An Anthology of Poetry by LGBT Christians
July 15th, 2008
ISBN 1438247850 (ISBN13: 9781438247854)
Sanctified is the world’s first poetry anthology featuring works exclusively by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans Christians. “I am excited about this publication because LGBT Christians’ voices need to be heard not only in church meetings, city councils, and courtrooms, but also in the literary arena. I believe poetry is an intimate, very revealing form of writing, and that this anthology speaks deeply to the experience of queer Christians in our world,” says editor Justin Cannon. “Sanctified is a powerful, poignant and diverse collection of ideas, thoughts, and especially emotions emanating from each poet’s gentle, beautiful soul. These wonderfully crafted poems are a touching celebration of the Christian GLBT and Searching Community that reflect love, hope, dreams, and a deep, profound faith that inspires. Each poem is a spiritual gem that offers the reader a great deal to reflect on whether gay or straight.” Bishop Paul Peter Jesep
Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America
April 8th, 1994
ISBN 0452273811 (ISBN13: 9780452273818)
Until Christmas Eve 1991, Mel White was regarded by the leaders of the religious right as one of their most talented and productive supporters. He penned the speeches of Ollie North. He was a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, worked with Jim Bakker, flew in Pat Robertson’s private jet, walked sandy beaches with Billy Graham. What these men didn’t know was that Mel White—evangelical minister, committed Christian, family man—was gay. In this remarkable book, Mel White details his twenty-five years of being counseled, exorcised, electric-shocked, prayed for, and nearly driven to suicide because his church said homosexuality was wrong. But his salvation—to be openly gay and Christian—is more than a unique coming-out story. It is a chilling exposé that goes right into the secret meetings and hidden agendas of the religious right. Told by an eyewitness and sure to anger those Mel White once knew best, Stranger at the Gate is a warning about where the politics of hate may lead America.
The Cross in the Closet
October 2nd, 2012
Timothy Kurek, raised within the confines of a strict, conservative Christian denomination in the Bible Belt, Nashville, Tennessee, was taught the gospel of separation from a young age. But it wasn’t long before Timothy’s path and the outside world converged when a friend came out as a lesbian and revealed she had been excommunicated by her family. Distraught and overcome with questions and doubts about his religious upbringing, Timothy decided the only way to empathize and understand her pain was to walk in the shoes of very people he had been taught to shun. He decided to come out as a gay man to everyone in his life, and to see for himself how the label of gay would impact his life.
No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons Around Our Gay Loved Ones
January 1st, 2007
ISBN 0963885243 (ISBN13: 9780963885241)
In her best-selling "Goodbye, I Love You," Carol Lynn Pearson shared the moving story of her life with her homosexual husband Gerald--their Mormon temple marriage, the birth and raising of four children, their mutual anguish in realizing his orientation had not changed, their divorce and ongoing friendship, and her caring for him as he died from AIDS in her home. In "No More Goodbyes," Pearson revisits the challenging subject of religious people relating to their gay loved ones who are often condemned by their church and--many believe--by God. Through stories gathered from the microcosm of Mormonism, it becomes clear how this emotional earthquake affects families of all faiths.