Listening Circles Group Guidelines
Covenantal Pledges for Discussions About Issues of Sexuality
Some Ways to Create Sufficiently Safe Spaces
Join the Conversation
Ideas for how to use Body, Mind and Soul
The Necessity and Problem of Language
Tracing Different Pathways
Join the Conversation: LMA Study Guide for Sexuality Overtures
Presbyterians Are Talking About... Sexuality
Overtures re sexual orientation - prayers (from 2015 ga)
Sunday Sermon at GA by the Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls
Love Out of Bounds - Patricia Dutcher-Walls
This joint recommended reading list is commended to the attention of commissioners to the 2015 General Assembly. (Click here for the proposal for a process for dealing with overtures regarding human sexuality.)
Reports from The Presbyterian Church in Canada
Report on Human Sexuality, Committee on Church Doctrine , A&P 1994, p. 251–74.
Interim Report of the Special Committee on Sexual Orientation , A&P 2000, p. 482–92.
Report of the Special Committee on Sexual Orientation , A&P 2003, p. 526–47.
Confessing the Faith Today
Campolo, Peggy, and Tony Campolo. “Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?” Institute for Welcoming Resources. From February 29, 1996. welcomingresources.org/campolo . This is the transcript of a discussion between Tony and Peggy Campolo (husband and wife).
Cavey, Bruxy. “Are We ‘Gay Friendly’?” The Meeting House, Teaching Resources. 2005; updated 2013. themeetinghouse.com/resources/tmh/teaching_resources/Gay_Friendly_Statement.pdf ).
Gushee, David P. Reconciling Evangelical Christianity with Our Sexual Minorities: Reframing the Biblical Discussion. This paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, Chicago, January, 2015, 18 pages. The article is an abbreviated version of Gushee’s book, Changing Our Mind, and is found at ChangingOurMind.org . David Gushee is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University, in Atlanta, Georgia. In this paper, Gushee lays out the biblical, and ethical reasons he has changed his mind and why now supports full inclusion of men and women who are LGBT.
Reconciling Evangelical Christianity with Our Sexual Minorities
Grenz, Stanley J. Welcoming but Not Affirming: An Evangelical Response to Homosexuality. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1998. Grenz writes to examine the question of whether contemporary culture has provided such important new insights into homosexuality that the church’s historic understanding of the scripture must be revised. He concludes it has not. Overall, he advocates a church which welcomes all people without affirming all behaviours.
Rogers, Jack. Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church. 2nd ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2009. This particular resource is important because it is specifically Presbyterian and represents an ethos close to The Presbyterian Church in Canada. It was also a key resource that led the Presbyterian Church (USA) to decide to move from an understanding similar to our own to its current position in which sexual orientation no longer limits service in the denomination.
VanderWal-Gritter, Wendy. Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2014. VanderWal-Gritter is the director of New Direction ministries in Canada. This organization was part of the Exodus network, a prominent evangelical ex-gay movement in the USA. VanderWal-Gritter tells the story of a radical change in the approach of her ministry as she encountered LGBTQ people as human beings and observed harm done to them through Christian initiatives. The New Direction website (newdirection.ca) lists numerous resources.
Matthew Vines, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships (Convergent Books, 2014).
Wesley Hill, Washing and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, 2010).