LGBTQ Resources

​The following list of resources makes the case for full affirmation and inclusion in all aspects of the society and Church.  I am a United Methodist, so in section three, I have organized resources according to the categories found in the Wesleyan quadrilateral.

                                                          

(1) Places to Begin
    Kathy Baldock, ‘Walking the Bridgeless Canyon’

    Jim Dant, ‘This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians

    Steve Harper, ‘Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality’

    Justin Lee, ‘Torn’

   Matthew Vines, ‘God and the Gay Christian’


(2) Next-Step Reads

    David Gushee, ‘Changing Our Minds,’ 3rd Edition

    Karen Keen, ‘Scripture. Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships’

    Dan Via’s section in ‘Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views’


(3) Resources Linked to the Wesleyan Quadrilateral

–Scripture

          Mark Achtemeier, ‘The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage’

          Robert Brawley, ed., ‘Biblical Ethics and Homosexuality: Listening to Scripture

          James Brownson, ‘God, Gender, and Sexuality’

          Richard Freeman & Shawna Dolansky. ‘The Bible Now’

          Luke Timothy Johnson, ‘The Living Gospel’ (chapter 8)

          Jennifer Knust, ‘Unprotected Texts’

          William Loader, ‘Sexuality and the New Testament’

          Dale Martin, ‘Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation’

          Linda Patterson, ‘Hate Thy Neighbor: How the Bible is Misused to Condemn Homosexuality’

          Walter Wink, ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’


–Tradition
              Cheryl Anderson, ‘Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies’

              James Boswell, ‘Christianity, Social Tolerance, and  Homosexuality’ 

              K.J. Dover, ‘Greek Sexuality’

              David Garrison, ‘Sexual Culture in Ancient Greece’

              Judith Hallett, ‘Roman Sexualities’

             Frank Mondimore, ‘A Natural History of Homosexuality’

            Marilyn B. Skinner, ‘Sexuality in Greek and Roman Cultures,’ 2nd Edition

            Craig Williams, ‘Roman Sexuality’


–Reason (Theology)
            Megan Shanon DeFranza, ‘Sex Differences in Christian Theology’

            Jack David Rogers, ‘Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality’

            Robert Song, ‘Covenant and Calling’


–Reason (Science)
            Jacques Balthazart, ‘The Biology of Homosexuality’

            Jerold Greenberg, ‘’Exploring Dimensions of Human Sexuality’

           Evelyn Killen, ‘Reflections on Gender and Science’

           Justin Lehmiller, ‘The Psychology of Human Sexuality’

           Simon.LeVay, ‘Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why,’ 2nd Edition

           Michael Regele, ‘Science, Scripture, and Same-Sex Love’

           Elizabeth Reis, ‘Bodies in Doubt’

           Anne Sterling, ‘Myths of Gender’ 


–Experience
           Amber Contorna: ‘Unashamed: A Coming Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians

           Susan Cottrell, ‘Radically Included’ and ‘Mom, I’m Gay’

.          Chris Glaser, ‘Coming Out as Sacrament’)

            Steve Harper, ‘For the Sake of the Bride’

            James Martin, ‘Building a Bridge’

           Tim Otto, ‘Oriented to Love’

           E.T. Sundby, ‘Calling the Rainbow Nation Home’

           Mel White, ‘Stranger at the Gate’


(4) Video Resources
           Rob Fuquay, ‘Faithful and Inclusive: The Bible, Sexuality. The United Methodist Church’ (available from Cokesbury)

           Steve Harper, “Draw the Circle Wider: How I Changed My Mind” (available on YouTube @ “Steve Harper Methodist”)

          Steve Harper, “A Hermeneutic of Love,” FUMC Orlando (available on YouTube @ “Steve Harper Methodist”)
(5) Blog Sites
            Steve Harper, series entitled “Holy Love’—posts follow and expand on the book by the same title (www.oboedire.com)   

    

(6) Additional Resource Sites (book lists, audio/video, communities, etc)

           “LGBTQ+ Christian Reading Guide” http://www.matthiasroberts.com/readingguide/

           Queer Grace–www.queergrace.com

           QSpirit –www.qspirit.com  


(7) Ministries  

          Canyonwalker Connections  (Kathy Baldock)–multi-faceted ministry

          FreedHearts  (Susan Cottrell)–ministry to parents of  LGBTQ+ parents

          Human Rights Campaign –a broad-based LGBTQ advocacy group

          Reconciling Ministries Network (United Methodist)–their website has links to many other ministries-

          Redwood Spiritual Care  (Karen Keen)

          The Reformation Project  (Matthew Vines)


(8) Other Specific Topics

          –Marriage

                 Phillip Cramer & William Harbison, ‘The Fight for Marriage’

                 Chris Glaser, ‘As My Own Soul: The Blessing of Same-Gender Marriage’

                 Karen Keen’s book, noted above

                 Scott McQueen, ‘Reasonable Doubt: A Case for LGBTQ Inclusion in the Institutions of Marriage and Church’


         –Transgender People

                 Austin Hartke, ‘Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians’


         –Resources for Parents of LGBTQ+ Children

                 Telaina Ericksen, ‘Unconditional—A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child,’

                 Greg and Lynn McDonald, ‘Embracing the Journey: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Loving Your LGBTQ Child’

                 PFLAG resources


This is an in-process list of resources.  If you know of others which should be included, contact me at oboediresite@gmail.com