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Let My People in: A Lesbian Minister Tells of Her Struggles to Live Openly and Maintain Her Ministry

Let My People in: A Lesbian Minister Tells of Her Struggles to Live Openly and Maintain Her Ministry

by Rose Mary Denman

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Raised in a Roman Catholic, blue-collar family in Rhode Island, Denman recounts in fulsome detail how, en route to becoming a Methodist minister, she decided against entering a convent, joined the Air Force, fell in love with a priest, then married an ex-monk to whom she bore a son before divorcing him. Studies in Protestant liberation theology and feminism led the author to affirm her latent lesbianism: she took a female lover and embarked on a fiery confrontation with the United Methodist Church, where her sexuality was unacceptable. Thanks to Denman's pursuit of the media, an ecclesiastical trial in which she lost her Methodist credentials received national coverage. Here, however, her near-total self-absorption erodes the reader's initial sympathy for her travail. Author tour. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
An ecclesiastical trial, bitter as any divorce, ended Denman's brief career as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church in 1987. Defying church law, Denman became a practicing lesbian at age 37. She records the angry, arrogant power struggle that followed, devoid of love or understanding. She feels ``lied to, robbed, and spiritually raped by the Church. After ten years of . . . education, it was as if I had wasted my time, energy, and spirit, not to speak of . . . thousands of dollars . . . .'' Denman speaks more of the dollars than of her spirituality. The first half of the book is a wordy account of her earlier jobs and financial crises. For gay studies maybe, but not inspirational reading.-- Maurice Taylor, Brunswick Cty. Lib., Southport, N.C.

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