These are some books, articles, online communities and a bunch of other bits and bobs that we've found helpful in our own faith journeys. These are materials that are great for individual study or in a small group setting. We'll be updating this page periodically with information about what small groups are meeting in your area, what they're studying and any materials they are using. If you are interested in starting a small group of your own and use some of these materials, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to contact with you.
Coming Out Christian: Finding Wholeness in Faith and Sexuality
Coming Out Christian takes an autobiographical look at a Dallas radio personality's development both as a Christian and as a lesbian. By revealing deeply personal experiences and the results of careful study, Austin offers hope to those who are moving through the process of reconciling faith and sexuality. It's a great discussion piece for anyone with a Christian-based opinion on human sexuality. After study, prayer, and careful analysis of her own Christian experience, Austin concludes that perhaps the Bible - and Christianity as a whole - are not nearly as narrow and condemning as they have been made out to be.
UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse Of The Bible On Homosexuality
Colby Martin, 2016
Churches in America are experiencing an unprecedented fracturing due to their belief and attitude toward the LGBTQ+ community. Armed with only six passages in the Bible—often known as the “clobber passages”—the traditional Christian position has been one that stands against the full inclusion of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters. Unclobberreexamines each of those frequently quoted passages of Scripture, alternating with author Colby Martin’s own story of being fired from an evangelical megachurch when they discovered his stance on sexuality.
UnClobber reexamines what the Bible says (and does not say) about homosexuality in such a way that breathes fresh life into outdated and inaccurate assumptions and interpretations.
God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
Matthew Vines, 2015
The landmark book exploring what the Bible actually says—and doesn’t say—about same-sex relationships. Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Matthew Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality.
Unique in its affirmation of both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity, God and the Gay Christian has sparked heated debate, sincere soul searching, and widespread cultural change on the issue of what it means to be a faithful gay Christian.
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
Justin Lee, 2013
In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.
But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace," Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.
Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians
Candace Chellew-Hodge, 2008
This thoughtful, practical guide shows readers a way through the minefield of condemnation and persecution faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Christians and helps foster a faith that is bulletproof—impervious to attacks, yet loving and savvy in its approach. Bulletproof Faith is filled with useful insights and proven spiritual practices that deflect attacks and enhance and strengthen faith by turning attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth.