Suggested books, videos, websites

Books

Biographical: Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield, Calling the Rainbow Nation Home: A Story of Acceptance and Affirmation by E. Sundby, Transgender Journeys, by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott and Vanessa Sheridan.

Theological: The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation, A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics by Richard B. Hays (traditional), Bible Gender Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships by James V. Brownson (affirming).

Cultural Perspective on Homosexuality: The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are by Janell Williams Paris

Books on Positive Dialogue: Why Can’t We Talk?: Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart by John Backman, Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey, by Jim Herrington, Mike Bonem, and James H. Furr.

Audio and Video

N.T. Wright on Debate about Homosexuality 4 (Youtube), Through My Eyes (The Gay Christian Network), Building Bridges of Understanding: Tony and Peggy Campolo on Homosexuality (The Gay Christian Network), For the Bible Tells Me So (First Run Features), It’s Time to End the Suffering (“Third Way” Video by Emily Swan and Ken Wilson that advocates against exclusionary practices). 

Websites:

The Gay Christian Network: Since 2001 the Gay Christian Network has provided resources and connection for gay Christians and their allies. It has hosted “The Great Debate” of Side A (affirming) and Side B (LGBTQ people who believe that God calls them to be celibate). It is especially interesting that LGBTQ people themselves host this diversity, while churches have often insisted on taking one side or the other. Love Boldly is an organization that seeks to create safe spaces for conversation and friendship between people with differing views on sexuality. New Direction Ministry of Canada has many terrific resources to facilitate conversation around LGBT sexuality.

 
Book Reviews
  • Space at the Table
  • Changing Our Mind
  • A Letter to My Congregation by Ken Wilson
  • Review of Torn by Justin Lee