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Sunday 15th October 2017: Have you got your invitation to the banquet? Rev Jane Clarke
"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)