Coming Out in Christianity

Coming Out in Christianity

Religion, Identity, and Community
Melissa M. Wilcox
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/03/2003
Format: Paperback 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21619-9
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For many Christians, "homosexuality" is an issue. It is often considered a matter of "us" versus "them," or worse, for gay men and women, a question of their behavior, not something intrinsic to their identity. Coming Out in Christianity examines this conflict from the point of view of a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Christians. It focuses on current and former members of two Metropolitan Community Churches in California that serve predominantly LGBT Christians. Based on original research, including more than 70 in-depth interviews, the book explores life histories, current beliefs, cultural settings, and community influences to learn what helped each forge an identity as both gay and Christian. These powerful case studies will help to deepen our understanding of both religion and personal identity.

Author Bio

Melissa M. Wilcox is Visiting Johnston Professor of Religion at Whitman College. The author of several articles on various aspects of LGBT religiosity and on religious responses to violence, she is also co-editor of Sexuality and the World’s Religions and is a member of the advisory committee for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Religious Archives Network.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:
Prologue: A Tale of Two Communions
I. Identity
1. Converging and Diverging Roads
2. Christians Coming Out
II. Community
3. Creating a Space
4. Creating New Worlds
5. Re-Creating the World
III. Identity in Community
6. We Took the One Less Traveled
Epilogue: Roads Less Traveled
Appendix A. Index of Participants
Appendix B. UFMCC Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Doctrine
Appendix C. Survey Demographics
Selected Bibliography