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Inspirational Resources

Below is a collection of resources related to Homosexuality and the Bible. You are welcome to explore. Pastor Kenny has most of the following titles in his office library for your reading pleasure. Select each title for more information.

THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY
  • What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, by Daniel A Helminiak.
    • The author summarizes the findings of leading Biblical scholars, like John Boswell and L. William Countrymen, into an easy-to-read, objective analysis of biblical passages dealing with homosexuality.  A great book to share with religious friends and relatives who are convinced the Bible condemns homosexuality.
  • The Children Are Free: Reexamining the Biblical Evidence on Same-Sex Relationships, by Rev. Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley.
    • Written by a MCC pastor and a layperson, this book is an easy-to-understand examination of biblical arguments on same sex relationships, both in light of modern biblical scholarship and the overarching teachings of the bible.  Another great book to share with friends and relatives who believe that the Bible condemns homosexuality.
  • Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century, by John Boswell.
    • One of the seminal scholarly works on attitudes and teachings on homosexuality in the early church.  Using ancient church documents and histories, Boswell uncovers the LGBTQ-positive voices in the early church.
  • The Church and the Homosexual, by Father John J. McNeill.
    • Originally developed as a discussion draft within the Catholic Church (and subsequently banned), this book examines biblical teachings on homosexuality in light of modern scholarship, making a well-reasoned and compelling argument that homosexuality is not a sin.    
SPIRITUALITY, SPIRITUAL LIVING & DEVOTIONALS
  • 10 Spiritual Lessons for Successful Living for Gays and Lesbians (and everyone else), by Rev. Troy D. Perry, Founder of Metropolitan Community Churches.
  • A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America, Leila J. Rupp
  • A Time to Build: Creating Sexually Healthy Faith Communities, Rev. Debra W. Haffner
  • Coming Out of Shame: Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives, Gershen Kaufman and Lev Raphael
  • God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality, Phyllis Trible
  • Our Selves, Our Souls and Bodies: Sexuality and the Household of God, Editor Charles Hefling
  • Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the 20th Century, Vicki L. Eaklor
  • Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, Jim Downs
  • Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America, Mel White
  • Taking a Chance on God, by Father John J. McNeill.  
    • Geared for the LGBTQ community, this book brings a gay perspective to fundamental Christian questions: How can we understand suffering and death? How can we overcome fear, anger, and guilt? What does it mean to love God? What gifts do we bring to the body of Christ?
  • The Consequence of Sex, Stories by Robert C. Reinhart
  • The Sexuality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Journey to Wholeness, Ernest Kurtz and Katherone Ketcham
  • The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World, Alan Downs
  • Transgender History, Susan Stryker
  • Two Flutes Playing: A Spiritual Journey book for Gay Men, Andrew Ramer
  • You Can Go Home Again: Reconnecting with Your Family, Monica McGoldrick 
LGBTQIA+, SEXUALITY & GENDER
  • 10 Spiritual Lessons for Successful Living for Gays and Lesbians (and everyone else), by Rev. Troy D. Perry, Founder of Metropolitan Community Churches.
  • A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America, Leila J. Rupp
  • A Time to Build: Creating Sexually Healthy Faith Communities, Rev. Debra W. Haffner
  • Coming Out of Shame: Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives, Gershen Kaufman and Lev Raphael
  • God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality, Phyllis Trible
  • Our Selves, Our Souls and Bodies: Sexuality and the Household of God, Editor Charles Hefling
  • Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the 20th Century, Vicki L. Eaklor
  • Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, Jim Downs
  • Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America, Mel White
  • Taking a Chance on God, by Father John J. McNeill.  
    • Geared for the LGBTQ community, this book brings a gay perspective to fundamental Christian questions: How can we understand suffering and death? How can we overcome fear, anger, and guilt? What does it mean to love God? What gifts do we bring to the body of Christ?
  • The Consequence of Sex, Stories by Robert C. Reinhart
  • The Sexuality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Journey to Wholeness, Ernest Kurtz and Katherone Ketcham
  • The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World, Alan Downs
  • Transgender History, Susan Stryker
  • Two Flutes Playing: A Spiritual Journey book for Gay Men, Andrew Ramer
  • You Can Go Home Again: Reconnecting with Your Family, Monica McGoldrick 
SOCIAL JUSTICE
  • Freaks and Revelations, a Novel by David Wills Hurwin
  • G-Dog and the Home Boys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles, Updated and Expanded Edition by Celeste Fremon
  • The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd.
    • Fabulous novel about two oppressed women, one as a slave and the other a radical abolotionist in the early 1800s, striving for physical and spiritual freedom.
  • Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way, Walter Wink
  • Justice in a Global Economy: Strategies for Home, Community and World, Pamela K Brubaker, Rebecca Todd Peters, Laura A. Stivers
  • Learning to be White: Money, Place, and God in America, Thandeka
  • Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us, Rita Nakashima Brock
  • Race and the Jury: Illegal Discrimination in Jury Selection, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Reconstruction in America: Racial Violence after the Civil War, 1865-1876, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Segregation in America, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Slavery in America: The Montgomery Slave Trade, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Soul Work: Anti-Racist Theologies in Dialogue by Unitarian Universalist Association, Edited by Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley and Nancy Palmer Jones
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Father Gregory Boyle
  • Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, Robert A. Lupton
  • Trials of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on Immigration, Miguel A. de la Torre
  • Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, Aviva Chomsky
  • The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant.
    • A deeply moving novel that tells the stories we know from the Hebrew scriptures through the eyes and hearts of the women in the book of Genesis.   

NOVELS
  • A Love Lost: A queer Journey of Grief, Wanda Floyd
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madaleine L’Engle
  • Balcony People, Joyce Landorf Heatherley
  • Bread of Angels, Barbara Taylor Brown
  • Even the Stars Look Lonesome, Maya Angelou
  • The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  • The Heaven of Animals, Nancy Tillman
  • Holy Envy: Finding god in the Faith of Others, Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Home By Another Way, Barbara Taylor Brown
  • Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic-and Beyond, Matthew Fox
  • The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd.
    • Fabulous novel about two oppressed women, one a slave and the other a radical abolitionist in the early 1800s, striving for physical and spiritual freedom.    
  • Ladder of Angels, Madaleine L’Engle
  • Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Taylor Brown
  • Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith, Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Mixed Blessings, Barbara Taylor Brown
  • My Own Words, Ruth Bader Ginsberg
  • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
  • Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint, Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Practicing the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
  • Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Rith Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, Linda Hirshman
  • The God We Never Knew, Marcus J. Borg
  • The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant.
    • A deeply moving novel that tells the stories we know from the Hebrew scriptures through the eyes and hearts of the women in the book of Genesis.   
  • The Shack, William P. Young
  • Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America, Mel White
  • Stand By Me, by Jim Downs.
    • A book about the forgotten history of gay liberation; it includes an examination of the largest massacre of gay people in American history before Pulse, and the impact of that event on MCC.
  • When Jesus Came to Harvard, by Harvey Cox.
    • A Harvard professor and his students wrestle together with the moral impact of Jesus’ teachings in the 21st century.
  • Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, Maya Angelou