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Homosexuality - An abomination?
The second video in the series 'Texts of Terror' is an interview with Rev Jane Clarke (MCC in Glasgow) that discusses the word abomination in the bible and how this word has been used to discriminate against gay christians.
Homosexuality and the Bible:
The destruction of Sodom
The first video in the series 'Texts of Terrors' is a short talk by Rev Jane Clarke (MCC in Glasgow) about the destruction of Sodom in the Bible in relation to homosexuality.
Homosexuality: What the Bible says & why it matters
Debates about homosexuality are based on what people think the Bible says about the subject – but is what we’ve been taught really what the Bible says? ...
Sexuality and spirituality: keeping them together
Everyone wants to put their sexuality and their spirituality together, but how does one do that in a sex-crazed and sex-denying culture – not to mention in a church that advises, 'Just say no!'?
Bishop Gene Robinson at Greenbelt 2009
Gene's ministry to the Church has focused on clergy and congregational wellness, coordinating programme among the seven dioceses of New England, youth and college ministry, and conflict resolution. His election and consecration has been at the centre of the worldwide Anglican Communion's debate over the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the life and ministry of the Church.
For more info: www.greenbelt.org.uk
"FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO" (Film)
Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate?
Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -- including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson -- we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.
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"PRAYERS FOR BOBBY" by Leroy Aarons (Book)
Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy ... and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict - for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay was "wrong" - Bobby chose to take his own life.
PRAYERS FOR BOBBY, nominated for a 1996 Lambda Literary Award, is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. BUt it is also the story of Bobby's mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be "healed", then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.
As told through Bobby's poinant journal entries and his mother's reminiscences, PRAYERS FOR BOBBY is at once a moving personal story, a true profile in courage, and a call to arms to parents everywhere.
"The value of the Griffith story ... is undeniable. [It] should be required reading for every parent, every schoolteacher, and anyone who has ever doubted that words can kill."
The Washington Post
"IN THE EYE OF THE STORM" by Gene Robinson (Book)
In 2003, Gene Robinson was elected as the Bishop of New Hampshire - the first openly gay man to be called to serve in such a position. Clearly beloved in his diocese and chosen from a wide selection of candidates, the election was entirely proper and the result clear cut, yet it sparked a hurricane storm of controversy that has polarised religious opinion on five continents and still rages five years on. Here, Gene Robinson reflects on his journey of faith, his life experiences, the concerns that matter most to him as a bishop and the controversy that has rocked the church he loves and to which he is committed.
"Gene Robinson is the most controversial Christian in the world, yet if you did not know one thing about him - his sexuality - you would think him no different from thousands of other ministers, priests, pastors, or indeed bishops and archbishops. And he's not - merely more open and candid than they dare to be. Whether you agree with Bishop Robinson or not, his beliefs are important for all to know. In this book he shows there is much more about him and his faith than the single issue of sexual orientation."
Stephen Bates, religious affairs correspondent for the Guardian, 2000-2007 and British religious writer of the year in 2005 and 2006.
(Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Living It Out is a survival guide written by lesbian, gay and bisexual Christians, our families, friends and allies. It’s essential reading for anyone interested in LGB issues and Christianity.
More than fifty people have shared their stories and advice in the book, providing living proof that it is possible to be a Christian and engage with LGB issues without falling apart. It may not be an easy journey, but it can be a liberating and exciting one.
Living It Out is for you, whether or not you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or a Christian yourself.
Perhaps you’re a Christian parent whose understanding of the world was turned upside down when your child came out as gay. Or a straight Christian whose faith has found new directions through sharing experiences with LGB friends.
Perhaps you’re a minister wondering how to best support LGB people your congregation, or a teacher or psychotherapist unsure how to relate to LGB young people in your class or wanting to know more background to your client’s experiences.
Living It Out talks honestly and openly about all of these issues, as well as about God, church life, the Bible, LGB people in ministry, dating and marriage and much more.
“Full of faith, honesty, compassion, and common sense, this book is a sane and healing word spoken in the ‘gay Christian’ debate. A must whether you’re gay or straight.”
Veronica Zundel, award-winning columnist and prize-winning poet, Christian author, editorial consultant for Third Way magazine, and writer for Christian publications including Woman Alive magazine.
For more info on the book: www.livingitout.com
"LIVING IT OUT" by Sarah Hagger-Holt & Rachel Hagger-Holt (Book)