Hate is the Sin: Putting Faces on the Debate over Human Sexuality / Edition 1

Hate is the Sin: Putting Faces on the Debate over Human Sexuality / Edition 1

by John S. Munday
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Taylor & Francis


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Hate is the Sin: Putting Faces on the Debate over Human Sexuality / Edition 1

Arguments based in doctrine and scripture over the inclusion of homosexual people within Christian congregations and sacraments have done little to persuade the faithful on either side of this debate. Hate is the Sin: Putting Faces on the Debate over Human Sexuality approaches this divisive subject through portraits of the faith of gay and lesbian persons, presents both sides of the controversy, revealing how preformed opinions shape widely divergent interpretations of biblical and theological issues.

Included are the true stories of Mary Albing, serving as a pastor while in a lesbian relationship; Jay Wiesner, whose congregation defied the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by ordaining and installing him in an Extraordinary Candidacy Project ceremony; David Glesne, who sought to heal relationships with gays and lesbians and yet deny them ordination and cohabitation; and other accounts of the ways that many congregations have struggled to welcome homosexual people and to realize the Christian message within their own churches. Hate is the Sin: Putting Faces on the Debate over Human Sexuality is an insightful and detailed account of this contemporary debate and required reading for any person hoping to understand Christianity and the spiritual lives of contemporary Christian people.

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ISBN-13: 9780789036384
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/30/2008
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 0.60(w) x 0.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: A First Encounter with Hate     xi
Let's Not Adjourn Until After August     xii
Why I Write About the Human Sexuality Debate     xiv
The Man in the Middle     xv
Where Does the Hate Come From?     1
It's All About Sex     4
It's All About Sin     6
Is It Okay to Be Different?     7
A Church Ahead of Its Time     9
After Don, Then Who?     11
What to Do with Mary?     13
In the Eyes of God and Our Friends     17
God Didn't Straighten Out That Worldview     19
I Think I Know This Man     23
Why Should Jay Wiesner Be a Pastor?     25
An Extraordinary Ordination     27
Following Their Consciences     29
Aftermath of Refusal     33
An Inwardly Directed Norwegian Club     34
We Want to Be an Accepting Church     37
Journey Together Faithfully     41
My Reading of the Bible     42
The Task Force Issues a Report     45
Dissatisfaction     49
Home Church Reaction     51
Who Says It Is a Sin?     53
Preparation for Orlando     57
An OpenMicrophone     60
Effect of the ELCA Council     63
A Solid Rock Lutheran     65
My Pastor     67
Pastor David Glesne's Book     68
Welcome to Orlando     73
Waging the Debate     75
Rejecting Other Forms of Oppression?     79
Vancouver     83
Am I in the Wrong Room?     84
A Man with a Partner     86
Did Jesus Approve of Homoerotic Relationships?     91
95 Theses in Silent Protest     94
Speaking About the Sexuality Resolutions     99
Solid Rock Achieves Its Goal?     101
We're Not Going Anywhere     102
Spreading the Word     104
The Calm Before the Next Storm     105
Will Remus     105
A Pastoral Minister of Outreach     107
Extraordinary Candidates     109
A Council Minus the Bishop     113
Another Resolution     114
To Worship and Be Welcomed     116
Friends on Both Sides of the Debate     117
Evangelical or Not?     119
What Do Other Evangelicals Say?     121
Political Evangelicals     123
Definition of Fundamentalist      124
And Then There Are the Methodists     127
Full Communion Between the ELCA and UMC     129
A Symbol for Some Other Fear     132
A Visit from the Bishop     135
Is It Coming from the Churches?     138
Who in the Church Should Speak?     139
It Is Time to End the Hate     142
Bibliography     145
Index     147

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