Outspoken: Coming Out in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (2011)
Amazon UK: Outspoken
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Contemporary Christian practice and experience and Memoir/autobiography
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Coming out, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Journeys towards acceptance, and Pastoral issues
Especially suitable for: Anglicans and Those who are undecided about the homosexuality issue
Outspoken presents the narratives of eleven people who have come out in the Anglican Church in New Zealand, including two ordained church members. The author has written a general introduction, plus an introduction to each individual story and reflections on it.
This book closes with a postscript that discusses truth and the Church; community, belonging and rejection; ideas about hell and damnation; the theology of denial; and the implications and ramifications of the ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ approach. The author notes that ‘People’s lives are sacred ground and the area of sexuality is one where people are arguably at their most vulnerable’. She hopes that this research will contribute to community building within the Anglican Church.
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