Why churches need to talk about sexuality : lessons learned from hard conversations about sex, gender, identity, and the Bible / Mark Wingfield ; foreword by David P. Gushee.

By: Wingfield, Mark [author.]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Fortress Press, [2019]Copyright date: ©2019Description: xv, 176 pages ; 22 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1506458572; 9781506458571Subject(s): Gender identity -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Sex -- Religious aspects -- ChristianityDDC classification: 241/.66 LOC classification: BT708 | .W63 2019BR115.H6 | W56 2019BT708 | .W568 2019
Contents:
Our story -- Process and transparency -- Getting started -- Pain of silence -- Where we've come from -- Looking for resources -- "Dear God, I think I might be bi" -- Study, dialogue, and prayer -- What the Bible says -- Medicine, science, and genetics -- What about the T in LGBT? -- Laura Beth -- What about marriage? -- Taking the pulse of the study group -- Majority versus minority -- Reporting to the congregation -- We love Wilshire -- Church conference -- Vote and the fallout -- Rebuilding -- For the joy set before you.
Summary: Veteran journalist and pastor Mark Wingfield tells the story of his congregation's effort to study the question of including and affirming gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members in its common life. He shares with readers many of the important lessons the study uncovered, while exploring the reasons for the study and what happened in the lives and faith of its participants. Why Churches Need to Talk about Sexuality is essential reading for clergy, lay leaders, and anyone searching for guidance in addressing difficult questions about human sexuality with their congregations. The book features several appendixes addressing common questions about and objections to LGBTQ inclusion, a Q & A about the church's study, and an analysis of what the Bible says (and doesn't say) about same-sex relationships. Conversations about these issues are difficult. But as Wingfield shows, churches must commit to having them anyway--from back cover.
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Our story -- Process and transparency -- Getting started -- Pain of silence -- Where we've come from -- Looking for resources -- "Dear God, I think I might be bi" -- Study, dialogue, and prayer -- What the Bible says -- Medicine, science, and genetics -- What about the T in LGBT? -- Laura Beth -- What about marriage? -- Taking the pulse of the study group -- Majority versus minority -- Reporting to the congregation -- We love Wilshire -- Church conference -- Vote and the fallout -- Rebuilding -- For the joy set before you.

Veteran journalist and pastor Mark Wingfield tells the story of his congregation's effort to study the question of including and affirming gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members in its common life. He shares with readers many of the important lessons the study uncovered, while exploring the reasons for the study and what happened in the lives and faith of its participants. Why Churches Need to Talk about Sexuality is essential reading for clergy, lay leaders, and anyone searching for guidance in addressing difficult questions about human sexuality with their congregations. The book features several appendixes addressing common questions about and objections to LGBTQ inclusion, a Q & A about the church's study, and an analysis of what the Bible says (and doesn't say) about same-sex relationships. Conversations about these issues are difficult. But as Wingfield shows, churches must commit to having them anyway--from back cover.

Comment by Tonya M.
07/01/2020

Happy First of the month everyone! The book of the week for 7/1/20 is "Why Churches Need To Talk About Sexuality" by Mark Wingfield, a seasoned journalist and associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

The author takes a most courageous step in tackling issues of sex, gender, identity while grappling with biblical context around these topics. Wingfield's emphasis on inclusivity in the church can be summed up with this thought, "God loves you, whoever you are, wherever you are. Whether you're a conservative or a liberal, a traditionalist or a progressive, a Protestant or a Catholic, a male or a female, gay, straight, trans, whatever. God loves you. Now, what are you going to do with that love?"

This book is easy to read and can be used in a youth setting, adult discussion and can be an additional resource for tough theological questions for both clergy leaders and lay persons around LGBTQI+ experiences within faith based communities.

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