Congregations in Conflict: The Battle over Homosexuality

Congregations in Conflict The Battle over Homosexuality A Methodist church puts its minister on trial after he marches in a gay rights parade A Quaker meeting struggles to decide whether to marry a lesbian couple An entire congregation is thrown out of the

  • Title: Congregations in Conflict: The Battle over Homosexuality
  • Author: Keith Hartman
  • ISBN: 9780813522296
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Methodist church puts its minister on trial after he marches in a gay rights parade A Quaker meeting struggles to decide whether to marry a lesbian couple An entire congregation is thrown out of the Southern Baptist Convention for deciding that a gay divinity student had a sincere calling to the ministry, and an order of celibate monks comes out of the closet An EpiscA Methodist church puts its minister on trial after he marches in a gay rights parade A Quaker meeting struggles to decide whether to marry a lesbian couple An entire congregation is thrown out of the Southern Baptist Convention for deciding that a gay divinity student had a sincere calling to the ministry, and an order of celibate monks comes out of the closet An Episcopal priest blesses two same sex relationships then a closeted gay lawyer leads the charge to have him fired.Homosexuality is the most divisive issue facing churches today Like the issue of slavery 150 years ago, it is a matter that ignites passionate convictions on both sides, a matter that threatens to turn members of the same faith against each other, to divide congregations, and possibly even to fragment several denominations Like slavery, it is an issue that calls up basic questions about what it means to be a Christian How does one know right from wrong Is the Bible fallible Do good Christians always follow their church s teachings, or are they allowed to think for themselves on moral issues And to what source does one finally look to determine what God really wants While many books have been written analyzing the scriptural and theological dimensions of the conflict, none has yet shown how it is being played out in the pews Congregations in Conflict examines nine churches that were split by disagreements over gay and lesbian issues, and how the congregations resolved them.Hartman explores in very readable prose how different denominations have handled their conflicts and what it says about the nature of their faith He shows some churches coming through their struggles stronger and unified, while others irrevocably split Most importantly, he illuminates how people with a passionate clash of beliefs can still function together as a community of faith.

    One thought on “Congregations in Conflict: The Battle over Homosexuality”

    1. This book is 21 years old and is out of date. However, it was still interesting to read as a historical document. I do wish that he would have been a little more diverse, geographically, but I will admit that it was interesting to explore the issue in one community.

    2. What an interesting look at the way different congregations have approached the issue of homosexuality in their churches. It certainly provided insight into how congregations should approach the discussion of homosexuality. I am amazed at how many people had the courage to stand up for sexual equality issues in the 70's and 80's. I am also appalled at the attitudes of some of the opponents. I can say that I also respected the opinions of some of those who were opposed that took the time to parti [...]

    3. A wonderful book. The author looks at several different case studies of churches that have had to confront queer people and their issues. It covers numerous denominations and the different results and compromises each church came to. I would highly reccomend.

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