Gifted by Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church (2001)
Author(s): L William Countryman, M R Ritley
Amazon UK: Gifted by Otherness
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Advice – spiritual and practical, Contemporary Christian practice and experience, Spirituality, and Theology
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Biblical studies, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Healing/growing into wholeness, Journeys towards acceptance, Pastoral issues, Same-sex relationships, and Spirituality
Especially suitable for: Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity
Countryman and Ritley explore what it means to affirm, not merely accept, being gay or lesbian as well as Christian. Writing primarily for the LGB community, and for their families and communities, they explore the ways in which the LGB community can appropriate and re-tell the biblical story, and find confidence in their unique spiritual journey and gifts.
The authors conclude that being gay or lesbian is not actually a problem at all; rather it is a vocation, and, in fact, a gift to today’s church. As ‘outsiders’ gay men and lesbians challenge the church to be inclusive of all God’s children – the central message of the gospel.
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