Join us for our online-based book discussion group for pastors, parents, friends, LGBTQ, same-sex attracted folks, and straight allies. If you’ve been wondering how to contribute to transforming the conversation between Christians and the LGBTQ community, these groups are for you! Together, we will foster a courageous space for authentic conversation, dignifying dialogue, and personal reflection on faith and sexuality. Connect with Christians of diverse theological perspectives and sexual orientations/gender identity from all over the country, and discover surprising friendships that continue beyond our scheduled meeting times.
Space is limited, so please RSVP using the link provided below if you plan to attend!
To see a full listing of our 2017 book clubs, click here.
New Book Clubs:
The Good News About Conflict: Transforming Religious Struggle Over Sexuality
Mondays at 7 PM (EST) starting July 10, 2017
“Conflict over homosexuality in Christian churches is only intensifying. We can do better. We have to do better. The stakes are too high to do otherwise. Conflicts are difficult and ugly, but the Good News reaches even here. It is possible to have healthy conflict, to disagree and struggle together in ways that make us better and that make the church stronger. By looking deeply into the nature of religious conflict, we can cultivate practices and values that will mature our abilities as peacemakers, and strengthen our faith and our churches.”
– Book Cover, The Good News About Conflict
Space is limited for this group, so please RSVP by June 30th by clicking here and filling out your information. We will meet via Zoom video chat online on Mondays at 7 PM EST. To join, you will need a reliable internet connection and a webcam.
July 10 – Introduction
July 17 – Chapter 1
July 24 – Chapter 2 (pp 28-46)
July 31 – Chapter 2 (pp 47-57)
Aug 7 – Chapter 3 (pp 58-74)
Aug 14 – Chapter 3 (pp 75-87)
Aug 21 – Possible Q&A with Author (pending)
Previously Studied Titles:
We’ve studied other books together in the past. If you are interested in leading or participating in a new online book discussion group on any of these titles, please contact us!
Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict Over Gay Relationships
Tuesdays at 1 PM (EST) starting February 14, 2017
“Rather than embracing the conflict around gay relationships as an opportunity for the church to talk honestly about human sexuality, Christians continue to hurt one another with the same tired arguments that divide us along predictable political battle lines. If the world is to “know that we are Christians by our love” the church needs to discover better ways to live out the deep unity we share in Christ as we engage with politics and our world. In Oriented to Faith, Tim Otto tells the story of his struggle with being gay and what that taught him about the gospel. With an authentic and compelling personal voice, Tim invites us to explore how God is at work in the world, even amidst the most difficult circumstances, redeeming and transforming the church through this difficult debate.” – Book Cover, Oriented to Faith
Love Is An Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community
Join us for this online book discussion group for pastors, parents, friends, LGBTQ, same-sex attracted folks, and straight allies. If you’ve been wondering how to contribute to transforming the conversation between Christians and the LGBTQ community, this group is for you! Together we will read and discuss Andrew Marin’s book “Love is an Orientation” and support each other in attempts to become more faithful ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5). “Love is an Orientation” is specifically targeted towards evangelical and other conservatively-minded Christians, but we welcome all perspectives interested in the topic to join the discussion.
Responding to Gay Christians in the Church
“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. 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.”
– From BrazosPress Publishing Website