Bibliography and Web Resources
Compiled by Cody J. Sanders
The following bibliography comes from
"Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth:
A Resource for Congregations in Dialogue on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" and is used by permission to support your work in being Welcoming & Affirming.
Note to Readers: Titles marked with an asterisk (*) denote helpful titles for beginning stages of exploration. These titles are appropriate starting places for an introductory exploration for individuals and groups.
Titles marked with (‡) denote more “advanced” texts, useful for individuals and congregations having already adopted a welcoming and affirming stance toward LGBTQ persons and wishing to develop further in education, understanding, and ministry.
Changing Our Mind
by David P. Gushee
Changing Our Mind is a groundbreaking book from a leading Evangelical thinker who has changed his mind about the need to include LGBTQ people into the full life and ministry of the church.
Dr. Gushee invites readers along his journey as he changes his mind about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church.
“For decades now, David Gushee has earned the reputation as America’s leading evangelical ethicist,” writes best-selling author Brian D. McLaren in the opening pages of Changing Our Mind. McLaren adds: “Not only is David Gushee’s work deep, thoughtful and brilliant; and not only is David philosophically and theologically careful and astute; he is also refreshingly clear and understandable by ‘common people’ who know neither philosophical nor theological mumbo jumbo.”
Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow
Welcoming Church Toolkit
Theology, Ethics, and Spirituality
Althaus-Reid, Marcella. The Queer God. New York: Routledge, 2003.
Brown, Terry, ed. Other Voices, Other Worlds: The Global Church Speaks Out on Homosexuality. New York: Church Publishing, 2006.
Chellew-Hodge, Candace. Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
Cheng, Patrick S. From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ. New York: Seabury, 2012.
*Cheng, Patrick S. Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. New York: Seabury, 2011.
Comstock, Gary David. Gay Theology Without Apology. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1993.
*Coulton, Nicholas, ed. The Bible, The Church, and Homosexuality. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005.
‡De La Torre, Miguel. A Lily Among the Thorns: Imagining a New Christian Sexuality. San Francisco: Wiley, 2007.
‡Douglas, Kelly Brown. Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis. 1999.
‡Ellison, Marvin M., and Kelly Brown Douglas, eds. Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection, 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010.
*Farley, Margaret A. Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics. New York: Continuum, 2010.
*Gomes, Peter J. The Good Book: Reading the Bible With Mind and Heart. New York: William Morrow, 1996.
Goss, Robert. Jesus Acted Up: A Gay and Lesbian Manifesto. New York: Harper, 1993.
Goss, Robert E. Queering Christ: Beyond Jesus Acted Up. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2002.
Griffin, Horace L. Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians & Gays in Black Churches. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2006.
Gudorf, Christine E. Body, Sex, and Pleasure: Reconstructing Christian Sexual Ethics. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1994.
‡Jakobsen, Janet R., and Ann Pellegrini. Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance. New York: New York University, 2003.
McNeill, John J. The Church and the Homosexual, 4th ed. Boston: Beacon, 1993.
McNeill, John J. Taking a Chance on God: Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Lovers, Families, and Friends. Boston: Beacon, 1996.
McNeill, John J. Sex as God Intended. Maple Shade, NJ: Lethe, 2008.
Michaelson, Jay. God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality. Boston: Beacon, 2012.
Mollenkott, Virginia Ramey. Omnigender: A Trans-religious Approach. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2007.
*Myers, David G., and Letha Dawson Scanzoni. What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage. New York: Harper, 2005.
Nelson, James B. Embodiment: An Approach to Sexuality and Christian Theology. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1978.
‡Rudy, Kathy. Sex and the Church: Gender, Homosexuality, and the Transformation of Christian Ethics. Boston: Beacon, 1997.
Sample, Tex, and Amy E. DeLong. The Loyal Opposition: Struggling with the Church on Homosexuality. Nashville: Abingdon, 2000.
*Scanzoni, Letha Dawson, and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott. Is The Homosexual My Neighbor? A Positive Christian Response (Revised). New York: Harper, 1994.
Seow, Choon-Leong, ed. Homosexuality and Christian Community. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996.
Spong, John Shelby. Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality. New York: Harper, 1990.
‡Stuart, Elizabeth. Gay and Lesbian Theologies: Repetitions with Critical Difference. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2003.
Stuart, Elizabeth. Just Good Friends: Towards a Lesbian and Gay Theology of Relationships. New York: Mowbray, 1995.
Stuart, Elizabeth. Religion is a Queer Thing: A Guide to the Christian Faith for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1997.
*Tanis, Justin. Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry and Communities of Faith. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2003.
*Wink, Walter, ed. Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999.
Fall From Grace (2007)
Documentary about Rev. Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church exploring the dynamics of religiously inspired hatred of LGBT people.
Fish Out of Water (2009) http://www.fishoutofwaterfilm.com/
Documentary using animation and academic interviews to explore the relationship and tensions between the Bible and sexual orientation.
For The Bible Tells Me So (2007) http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org/indexe.htm
Documentary following five families with a gay or lesbian son or daughter with commentary from scholars and ministers, including Desmond Tutu.
God & Gays: Bridging the Gap (2008) http://www.godandgaysthemovie.com/documentary.html
Documentary about the struggle of reconciling sexuality and spirituality.