Books

The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart , Peter Gomes (1996): This book by a Harvard theologian describes the nature of Bible abuse in the church throughout history, and how it has been used to justify racial bigotry, sexism, and homophobia. It proposes a way to read the Bible without neglecting either its divine inspiration or its cultural context.

Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches,
Walter Wink, editor (1999): A collection of essays by prominent church leaders -- Protestant, Catholic, mainline, and evangelical -- that addresses homosexuality and invites readers to open their hearts to the Holy Spirit.

Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?: A Positive Christian Response
, Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott (1994): Two Christian women -- one gay and one straight -- encourage the church to rethink its position on homosexuality and to show unconditional love to gay people.

People of a Compassionate God: Creating Welcoming Congregations,
Janet Forsythe Fishburn, editor (2003): A comprehensive introduction to how congregations can implement greater inclusiveness and welcome persons of different ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation into full fellowship.

Prayers for Bobby, Leroy Aarons (1995): The tragic true account of a young gay man who kills himself after years of struggling with guilt over his homosexuality. The events are told through his mother's memories and his own diary entries.

Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America
, Mel White (1995): This autobiography of the former filmmaker and ghostwriter for fundamentalist Christians Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson describes his many attempts to “become straight,” followed by the difficult process of coming out.

Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality
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Andrew Sullivan (1996): Former New Republic editor and gay Catholic Andrew Sullivan analyzes the politics of the homosexuality debate.

What's So Amazing About Grace?
, Philip Yancey (2002): This popular Christian author reminds readers of God's amazing grace and discusses the ways we've fallen short of showing that grace to others. One chapter deals with homosexuality and the church's failure to reach out to gay people. Though Yancey does not come out in support of gay relationships, he reminds the church what it means to be loving.

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