A multifaceted sourcebook telling the powerful story of reconciliation, celebration and struggle for LGBTQI inclusion across the American religious landscape. "No matter what stage in the process of change, religious belief is unveiled in all its dynamism in this book.... Wrestling with issues and struggling for better understanding of one's fellow human beings is at the center of every religion, no matter how old or new, narrow or expansive, Western or Eastern, that religion is. The struggle itself is a sign of life in these religious endeavors, and with life there is hope." ―from the Foreword by Bishop Gene Robinson We are at a critical turning point in American religious and political life over LGBTQI inclusion. How each spiritual community approaches the question will profoundly impact the American political and social climate of the future. This accessible resource explores thirteen faith traditions that wrestle with LGBTQI inclusion, documenting the challenges and transformation of American religion. Faith Traditions Covered: The Black Church • Buddhism • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) • The Episcopal Church • First Nations (Native American) • Hinduism • Judaism • The Lutheran Church • Islam • The Presbyterian Church • Protestant Evangelical Traditions • The Roman Catholic Church • Unitarian Universalism
Mychal Copeland, MTS, speaks and writes about the inclusion of LGBTQI people and interfaith families in religious life. As Bay Area director of InterfaithFamily, she helps couples navigate diversity of religious and cultural backgrounds, and as rabbi at Stanford University, she led multifaith and Jewish student groups exploring the intersections between religion and sexuality. She also served at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City, the world's largest LGBTQI synagogue.
D'vorah Rose, BCC, a multifaith healthcare chaplain, rabbi and palliative care and hospice nurse, consults with and advises healthcare institutions throughout the United States and internationally on the intersections of religious and cultural diversity, pluralism and healthcare status, with a specific focus on historically underserved communities, including LGBTQI patients and healthcare providers.
Ani Zonneveld is founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values. She is also coeditor of Progressive Muslim Identities: Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada.
The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was the ninth Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, being the first openly gay, partnered priest to become a bishop in historic Christianity. He is currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Washington, DC.
A Brief Overview of LGBTQI Terms Foreword Bishop Gene Robinson Introduction Mychal Copeland, MTS, and D'vorah Rose, BCC
The Black Church Minister Rob Newells Buddhism Acharya Rita M. Gross, PhD The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) John Gustav-Wrathall The Episcopal Church Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge First Nations (Native American) Alex Wilson, EdD Hinduism Ruth Vanita, PhD Islam Shehnaz Haqqani with Laury Silvers, El-Farouk Khaki, and Troy Jackson Judaism Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman The Lutheran Church Beth Ann Doerring The Presbyterian Church Marvin M. Ellison, PhD, and Sylvia Thorson-Smith, MS Protestant Evangelical Traditions Ryan Bell, DMin The Roman Catholic Church Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL Unitarian Universalism Annette S. Marquis Conclusion Mychal Copeland, MTS, and D’vorah Rose, BCC Afterword Ani Zonneveld, founder and president, Muslims for Progressive Values