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Author VanderWal-Gritter, Wendy, 1970-

Title Generous spaciousness : responding to gay Christians in the church / Wendy VanderWal-Gritter.

Publication Info. Grand Rapids, Michigan : Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  261.8357 VAN    AVAILABLE
Description 281 pages ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-281) and index.
Contents Introduction: An unpredictable adventure -- Reevaluating evangelical ex-gay ministry -- Of doubt, tension, and anxiety -- The power of stories -- A complex spectrum : views of same-sex sexuality -- Coming-out and the church -- The journey of discipleship -- Understanding holistic sexuality -- Our image of God -- The role of scripture -- The challenge of interpretation -- A disputable matter? -- Engaging the church -- A word for pastors and leaders -- A word to gay Christians -- A word to would-be gay advocates in the church -- Concluding thoughts: Living into incarnational postures.
Summary Committed Christians may respond differently to gay and lesbian Christians. How can we engage those with whom we might disagree and navigate our journey together in a way that nurtures unity, hospitality, humility, and justice? Through her extensive experience in ministering to gay and lesbian Christians, Wendy VanderWal-Gritter has come to believe we need a new paradigm for how the church engages those in the sexual minority. She encourages generous spaciousness, a hope-filled, relational way forward for those in turmoil regarding a response to gay and lesbian Christians. This book offers a framework for discussing diversity in a gracious way, showing that the church can be a place that welcomes a variety of perspectives on the complex matter of human sexuality. It also offers practical advice for implementing generous spaciousness in churches and organizations.
Subject Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Church work with gays.
ISBN 9781587433559 (paperback)
1587433559 (paperback)

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