The Exuberant Church: Listening to the Prophetic People of God (2011)
Author(s): Barbara Glasson
Amazon UK: The Exuberant Church
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Contemporary Christian practice and experience, Spirituality, Studies in Religion, and Theology
Topic(s): Coming out, Inclusive Christianity, Queer theology, Spirituality, and Studies in Religion
Especially suitable for: Clergy
Barbara Glasson has since worked with lesbian, gay and transgendered Christians, with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, with a group of disabled ministers and with other individuals and groups dealing with trauma and displacement. It is in these ‘prophetic communities’ that she has discovered new ways of understanding the transforming power of the love of God. The ‘Exuberant Church’ is not a church on a ‘journey’, not an ‘emerging church’, but something more explosive and unpredictable and messy, a church undergoing the strange, frightening but liberating process of ‘coming out’. In The Exuberant Church we are invited to a new way of understanding mission and the church. At a time of meltdown, reorientation and confusion, Barbara Glasson sees hope for the churches in communities sometimes seen as threatening and troubling, and in the process of ‘coming out’ something both profoundly human and deeply of God.
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