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.Material type: TextPublisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Fortress Press, 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
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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.