204 PP. appendices. Close to new, spine uncreased. No markings in text. 12 articles by gay-affirming Methodists who are resisting the United Methodist Church doctrine that excludes non-celibate gays from ministry. The denomiination's General Conference voted in 2016 to continue studying possible changes to its Book of Discipline over the next four years. A particularly powerful article describes the wrenching experience of a pastor who had to deal with the sudden suicide of a closeted gay man in his congregation.
No issue more polarizes American Protestants today than the church s stance on homosexuality. In recent years, a number of denominations have engaged in prolonged and divisive debates on the subject, and it appears that these debates will continue to occupy their attention. The contributors to this volume call for the formation of a loyal opposition that is serious in its commitment to the difficult process of reconciliation and forgiveness. Faithfulness to the gospel, they remind readers, requires nothing less than that Christians will be committed to the full inclusion of all persons in the body of Christ not least of all those who disagree theologically and ethically.
The book offers readers a multifaceted argument that the gospel requires a commitment to the full inclusion of all persons in the body of Christ. It focuses on how members of mainline denominations can respond to official denominational positions with which they disagree. Readers are offered an alternative response besides staying in the denomination and remaining silent or leaving the denomination because one disagrees with its official position on this issue.
Contributors include: J. Philip Wogaman, Roy Sano, Stanley Hauerwas, Jeanne Audrey Powers, Victor Paul Furnish, Dale Dunlap, Gil Caldwell, and Joretta Marshall. Foreword by Leontine Kelly.