The Church and the Homosexual

Author: John J. McNeill
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807079243
Format: PDF
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In this "brave and good book which shatters bad myths" (Commonweal), McNeill shows that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, and argues that the Church must not continue its homophobic practices. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Taking a Chance on God

Author: John J. McNeill
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807079006
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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Freedom Glorious Freedom

Author: John J. McNeill
Publisher: Lethe Press
ISBN: 1590211480
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McNeill reveals the freedom that lesbian and gay Christians can find by connecting with the spirit of God that dwells within. Through explorations of 12-step programs, coming out, gay marriage, gays in the military and his own life journey, McNeill shows how lesbians and gay men can achieve full spiritual maturity and self-acceptance, thereby becoming able to share their gifts with a needy world.

Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair

Author: John J. McNeill
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664258085
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Details the life of the former Jesuit priest who was expelled from the Soceity of Jesus for his views on gay and lesbian sexuality

Presbyterian Polity for Church Leaders Fourth Edition

Author: Joan S. Gray
Publisher: Geneva Press
ISBN: 1611641683
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This detailed, comprehensive interpretation of the Presbyterian Book of Order is the most complete resource of its kind. Joan S. Gray and Joyce C. Tucker have revised this best-selling book to include the new standards from the new Form of Government in the Book of Order. It explains the system of Presbyterian government, from sessions to presbyteries to synods to the General Assembly itself.

Pray the Gay Away

Author: Bernadette C. Barton
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814786383
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2013 Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, LGBT Studies category 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. In Pray the Gay Away, Bernadette Barton argues that conventions of small town life, rules which govern Southern manners, and the power wielded by Christian institutions serve as a foundation for both passive and active homophobia in the Bible Belt. She explores how conservative Christian ideology reproduces homophobic attitudes and shares how Bible Belt gays negotiate these attitudes in their daily lives. Drawing on the remarkable stories of Bible Belt gays, Barton brings to the fore their thoughts, experiences and hard-won insights to explore the front lines of our national culture war over marriage, family, hate crimes, and equal rights. Pray the Gay Away illuminates their lives as both foot soldiers and casualties in the battle for gay rights.

Dwelling in the Land

Author: Jeanette Howard
Publisher: Monarch Books
ISBN: 0857216244
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Dwelling in the Land considers what it means for Christians, who are attracted to other members of the same sex, to live fully under the lordship of Christ. Author Jeanette Howard, believes that homosexuality is not part of God’s plan for His world, and has chosen to remain celibate despite experiencing same-sex attraction. She has come to believe that to identify herself as ‘gay’ does not do justice to what God has been doing in her life. Instead of being identified by your sexuality, as a Christian you are identified by the fact that you belong to Christ. Some gay Christians have sought healing. Others have turned away from a conservative interpretation of the biblical texts. Others have remained celibate and invested their lives in Christian service. All have found that their sexual orientation has strongly influenced who they perceive themselves to be, and how others perceive them. Allowing God to dismantle your false identity permits you to live out of your authentic self. As you grow in Christ you are able to perceive true goodness and health; you rid yourself of old habits of thinking; you learn to recognise what is holding others back; and discover new areas of ministry. You do not have to accept the labels that the world – and the church – attach to you.

The Bible s Yes to Same Sex Marriage

Author: Mark Achtemeier
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 0664239900
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In the early 2000s, Mark Achtemeier embarked on a personal journey with the Bible that led him from being a conservative, evangelical opponent of gay rights to an outspoken activist for gay marriage and a fully inclusive church. In The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage, Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart: the problems with excluding groups of people and the insights into the Bible's message that led him to recognize the fullness of God's love and support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Readers will discover how reading snippets of Scripture out of context has led to false and misleading interpretations of the Bible's message about LGBT persons. Achtemeier shows how a careful reading of the whole Scripture reveals God's good news about love, marriage, and sexuality for gay and straight people alike.

Unchanging Witness

Author: S. Donald Fortson
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 1433687909
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The church is going through a time of severe fracture over the issue of homosexuality. This book addresses the arguments from the gay Christian movement and revisionist theologians and exegetes on a single point: Can they withstand the evidence of the primary sources? In Unchanging Witness, Donald Fortson and Rollin Grams articulate the consistent orthodox view on homosexuality by presenting primary sources throughout Christian history and by interpreting the biblical texts in their cultural contexts. The first part of the book examines church history from the patristic period to the present day, and the second part engages biblical texts in light of Ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, Greek, and Roman primary sources. Throughout, the authors survey the conflicting and changing arguments of revisionist readings and contend that, in light of the overwhelming evidence of the relevant texts, the real issue is not one of interpretation but of biblical authority and Christian orthodoxy.

What s Left

Author: Mary Jo Weaver
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253335791
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From the editor's Preface : "Liberal American Catholics share a common cultural context of pluralism and an eager embrace of both the documents and the elusive "spirit" of Vatican II. If conservative was an appropriate term to describe those who thought that the council had gone far enough (perhaps too far) in its attempts to reform the church, then liberal is an appropriate term to describe those who think that the council did not go far enough. If conservative describes Catholics who are often oriented to the past and who accept traditional religious authority, then liberal can describe those Catholics who are oriented to the future and whose energies are attached to an array of ideas that challenge conventional definitions of religious authority even as they embrace Vatican II's definition of the church as the "people of God." Unlike those who believe that Catholicism has been defined and must be guarded against the temptations of the world, liberal Catholics believe that we must continually define and re-define Catholicism in the modern world, embracing many of its values, responding positively to its challenges. At the same time, liberal Catholics are a new group within the church: they look back at pre-conciliar Catholicism and recognise its power to shape their religious imaginations even as they attempt to broaden its definitions of accepted beliefs and behaviours. This book is an attempt to provide, in some detail, the substance of this liberal sensibility and to show some of the directions it has taken in American Catholicism in the thirty or so years since the second Vatican council. It looks at a highly diverse group of American Catholics who describe themselves in progressive terms and asks what they do to warrant that description. What's Left? explores the mental universe of a liberal American Catholics in order to illuminate their dreams for the future. I hope that this book also helps its contributors and readers to understand themselves as they try on various adjectives qualifying or expanding what it means to be Catholic in the modern world."