The Church Has AIDS by Rev. Gerald Palmer, MSW
The Church has AIDS explores the social issues and stigmas that fuel the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the African American community. Rev. Palmer looks at religious based heterosexism and religiosity and its impact over such issues as sexuality and sexual orientation in an upfront and in your face manner. Written during a three year period, The Church has AIDS chronicles the challenges of addressing religious based homophobia in the Black church and community. From 2005 to 2008 Rev. Palmer hosted A Closer Look Radio Broadcast, a groundbreaking gospel radio talk that addressed HIV/AIDS in the black community and the social issues that fueled the pandemic.
Rev. Gerald Palmer, a straight LGBT ally, is a licensed and ordained Baptist minister who believes that breaking down the barriers of homophobia, racism, sexism, poverty, blame, shame and pain is his God given calling. Rev. Palmer is a highly effective and sought after speaker who believes in bringing a Word of hope, transformation and reflection for individuals, congregations and communities. Palmer has a vast background in ministry, HIV/AIDS education, racial reconciliation, self awareness training, social work, social service, broadcasting and public speaking. He is a member of Crossroads Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Palmer holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Social Work. He is a “blessed” husband and father of three living in Kansas City, MO. where he serves as a college educator.
Changing Our Mind by David P. Gushee, PhD.
"Every generation has its hot-button issue," writes David P. Gushee, "For us, it's the LGBT issue." In Changing Our Mind, Gushee takes the reader along his personal and theological journey as he changes his mind about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church.
Dr. Gushee is a scholar, activist, and churchman. His research interests focus on the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian theological-ethical tradition, together with its contemporary implications for Christian discipleship and public witness. He has published seventeen books, with four more in development, and many hundreds of essays, book chapters, articles, reviews, and opinion pieces. Probably his most widely noted books are Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust (Fortress, 1994/Paragon House, 2003), Kingdom Ethics (IVP, 2003),The Future of Faith in American Politics (Baylor, 2008), a devotional work with his wife Jeanie called Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night (Thomas Nelson, 2012), and the broadly endorsed Sacredness of Human Life (Eerdmans, 2013), which interrogates what it has meant, and proposes what it should mean, to say that human life is sacred. It is his most ambitious and demanding scholarly project to date, and has been nominated for the prestigious Grawemeyer Award.