Committed Christians may respond differently to gay and lesbian Christians. How can we engage those with whom we might disagree and navigate our journey together in a way that nurtures unity, hospitality, humility, and justice?Through her extensive experience in ministering to gay and lesbian Christians, Wendy VanderWal-Gritter has come to believe we need a new paradigm for how the church engages those in the sexual minority. She encourages generous spaciousness, a hope-filled, relational way forward for those in turmoil regarding a response to gay and lesbian Christians. This book offers a framework for discussing diversity in a gracious way, showing that the church can be a place that welcomes a variety of perspectives on the complex matter of human sexuality. It also offers practical advice for implementing generous spaciousness in churches and organizations.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Wendy VanderWal-Gritter (MDiv, Tyndale Seminary) has been executive director of New Direction Ministries of Canada in Mississauga, Ontario, for over a decade. She is an internationally recognized contributor to conversations about faith and sexuality and is an active speaker. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on the theme of generous spaciousness at Knox College, University of Toronto.
Table of Contents
ContentsIntroduction: An Unpredictable Adventure1. Reevaluating Evangelical Ex-gay Ministry2. Of Doubt, Tension, and Anxiety3. The Power of Stories4. A Complex Spectrum: Views of Same-sex Sexuality5. Coming Out and the Church6. The Journey of Discipleship7. Understanding Holistic Sexuality8. Our Image of God9. The Role of Scripture10. The Challenge of Interpretation11. A Disputable Matter?12. Engaging the Church13. A Word for Pastors and Leaders14. A Word to Gay Christians15. A Word to Would-be Gay Advocates in the ChurchConcluding Thoughts: Living Into Incarnational Postures
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