Reflections on LGBTQ life in the church are presented from two different viewpoints in new books this month.
The books are “Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race” by Clay Cane and “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity” by James Martin.
Being black and gay in the African American church is one of the themes in this accessible collection of essays. Five sections address sexuality, love, race, God, and intersections. The author is a journalist and director of the documentary “Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church.” Published by Cleis Press.
Reflections in this inspirational book come from the Jesuit priest who recently sparked controversy by saying that some saints were probably gay. Martin is a bestselling author who is newly appointed as communications consultant to the Vatican by Pope Francis. Using the Orlando shooting as a starting point, his latest book weaves together church tradition, Bible passages and contemporary experience in an effort to unite LGBT people and the church. It is adapted from an address that Martin gave to New Ways Ministry, an LGBT Catholic ministry and advocacy group. Published by HarperOne.
“Being the Body of Christ: Towards a Twenty-First Century Homosexual Theology for the Anglican Church” by Chris Mounsey. Published by Routledge.
“Retreating Forward: A Spiritual Practice with Transgender Persons” by David Elias Weekley. Foreword by David Equality Watters. Published by Wipf and Stock.
Coming soon and available for pre-order
July 28, 2017
“The Straight Mind in Corinth: Queer Readings across 1 Corinthians 11:2-16” by Gillian Townsley. Published by SBL Press.
Sept. 4, 2017
“A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth” by Cody J. Sanders. Published by Westminster John Knox Press.
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
Queer Theology book list (from Patrick Cheng)
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