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Acts of Forgiveness: Faith Journeys of a Gay Priest

Acts of Forgiveness: Faith Journeys of a Gay Priest

by Ted Karpf


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In 1980s America, coming out as gay as a father and husband was a significant journey for anyone to make. Coming out as gay as a priest guaranteed immersion into controversy, contradiction, and challenge. This book tells of the Reverend Canon Ted Karpf's navigation of new social and romantic journeys, all within the context of his priestly vocation in the Episcopal Church.
Covering from 1968 to 2018, Karpf recounts his vivid memories, life-changing dreams and resonant reflections on living a life of faith in a socially and politically tumultuous period. His narratives are crafted as poetic meditations on enduring values and meaning, which can remind any reader that we are neither abandoned nor alone, and that forgiveness is a fulfilling way of living in a world of contradictions.

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ISBN-13: 9781476679594
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/23/2019
Pages: 233
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The Reverend Canon Ted Karpf is an Episcopal priest and public health expert, certified Gestalt therapist and adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Theology. He is an international human/gay rights activist and resides and offers spiritual direction in Northern New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ray L. Hart 1

Preface 3

I. Home Going 7

II. Forgiveness and Loving 23

III. ­Self-Acceptance and Mentoring 45

IV. Identity and Kindness 62

V. Conscience and Confidence 80

VI. Calling and Commitment 89

VII. Resilience and Resolve 114

VIII. Death and Life: Will the Circle Be Unbroken? 137

IX. Generativity: Parenting 157

X. Prayer and Faithfulness 187

XI. Hope for the Future 206

Acknowledgments 213

Bibliography 217

Index 219

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