Coming Out as Sacrament (1998)
Author(s): Chris Glaser
Amazon UK: Coming Out as Sacrament
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Contemporary Christian practice and experience, Liturgy/worship, Spirituality, and Theology
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Biblical studies, Coming out, Homosexuality in the Bible, Journeys towards acceptance, and Spirituality
Especially suitable for: Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity
Well-known Christian gay activist Glaser asserts that the Christian Scriptures themselves defend the self-affirmation of LGBT people in the Church and provide examples of courage and openness toward outcasts from the lives and teachings of Moses, Jesus, the Psalmist, and others.
He also provides seven sample rituals of commitment and celebration (although not including marriage) for the Church’s rejected children.
“Chris Glaser’s finely tuned and wonderfully supportive book Coming Out as Sacrament bridges the gap between homosexuality and the Church in a kind and gentle demeanour. I appreciated Glaser’s straightforward (no pun intended) approach to spirituality, and found many spots for self-reflection throughout this book.
“Especially powerful for me was Glaser’s recounting of biblical stories that support ‘coming out’. His assertion that a central theme in life is ‘coming out’ is very true, and shown time and time again through biblical stories, from Adam and Eve to Paul. His point that God, through the Old Testament, is virtually unknowable to us mere humans, and that he himself ‘comes out’ through the person of Jesus Christ is both revelatory and comforting to me.
“Three cheers for “Coming Out as Sacrament”, a must read.” — James Hiller
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