Book covers for Retreating Forward and Straight Mind in Corinth

Transgender church retreats and queer Bible study are covered in two new LGBTQ Christian books this month.

The books are “Retreating Forward: A Spiritual Practice with Transgender Persons” by David Elias Weekley and “The Straight Mind in Corinth: Queer Readings across 1 Corinthians 11:2-16” by Gillian Townsley.

Retreating Forward: A Spiritual Practice with Transgender Persons” by David Elias Weekley.

A model for transformational retreats is presented in this educational resource for individuals, spiritual leaders, and faith communities that support transgender people. A queer theology of radical love is explained and put into practice. The author is a United Methodist pastor, transgender advocate and member of the transgender community. Foreword by British equality activist David Watters. Published by Wipf and Stock.


The Straight Mind in Corinth: Queer Readings across 1 Corinthians 11: 2-16” by Gillian Townsley. 

Traditional models of gender and sexuality are challenged by a queer examination of a Biblical passage about hair coverings in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Hierarchical Christian understanding of gender and sexuality is often based on these scriptures. The scholarly book questions these androcentric, patriarchal interpretations based on first-century Greco-Roman history, lesbian theorist Monique Wittig, and other sources. The author is teaching fellow at The University of Otago in New Zealand. Published by SBL Press.



Just released

Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible by Peterson Toscano (video).

Behold, I Make All Things New: What do the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam Really Say in Regard to Human Sexuality? edited by Loraine Tulleken and JP Mokgethi-Heath.

Being the Body of Christ: Towards a Twenty-First Century Homosexual Theology for the Anglican Church by Chris Mounsey. Published by Routledge.


Coming soon and available for pre-order

Sept. 4, 2017
A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth by Cody J. Sanders. Published by Westminster John Knox Press.

Sept. 28, 2017
Queer and Catholic: A Life of Contradiction by Mark Dowd. Published by Darton, Longman and Todd.

Nov. 7, 2017
Sexual Disorientations: Queer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies by Kent L. Brintnall, Joseph A. Marchal and Stephen D. Moore (editors). Published by Fordham University Press.


More LGBTQ Christian books

New in July 2017: “Building a Bridge” and “Live Through This”

New in June 2017: “Carnal Knowledge,” “Jonathan’s Loves, David’s Laments,” “Jane Crow” and “Queer, There, and Everywhere”

New in May 2017: “Visions of Sodom” and “119: My Life as a Bisexual Christian”

New in April 2017: “Trust Truth” and “For I am Wonderfully Made”

New in Feb 2017: “Tantric Jesus,” “Bloomsbury Reader,” “Church of Whosoever” and “Queering Richard Rolle”

Top 35 LGBTQ Christian books of 2016 named

Top 25 LGBTQ Christian books of 2015 named

Top 25 LGBTQ Christian books of 2014 named

Top 20 Gay Jesus books

Basic LGBTQ Christian books: Where to start?

Queer Theology book list (from Patrick Cheng)

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Kittredge Cherry is a lesbian Christian author who writes regularly about LGBTQ spirituality.She holds degrees in religion, journalism and art history.She was ordained by Metropolitan Community Churches and served as its national ecumenical officer, advocating for LGBTQ rights at the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches.
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