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Religious Resources

Books and websites about religion and LGBT issues

Books on the topic of Sexuality and Religion:

Children are Free: Re-examining the Biblical Evidence on Same-sex Relationships by Jeff Miner (excellent for The Children are Freeanswering questions about the Bible...highly recommended)

Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches by Walter Wink

Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth by Wayne Besen

Is the Homosexual My Neighbor: A Positive Christian Response by Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

What God Has Joined Together? A Christian Case for Gay Marriage by David G. Myers and Letha Dawson Scanzoni

Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church by Jack Rogers

The New Testament and Homosexuality by Robin Scroggs

A Time to Embrace: Same-Gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics by William Stacy Johnson

What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak

Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians & Gays in Black Churches by Horace L. Griffin

A Whosoever Church: Welcoming Lesbians and Gay Men into African American Congregations by Gary David Comstock

Talking about Homosexuality, a Congregational Resource by Karen P. Oliveto

Exile or Embrace? Congregations Discerning Their Response to Lesbian and Gay Christians by Mahan Siler

Stranger at the Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America by Mel White

Here I Stand: My Struggle for a Christianity of Integrity, Love & Equality by John Shelby Spong


National websites for welcoming and affirming religious organizations

Entry Point Church - Entry.point is a church, a faith community, that explores our relationship with a higher spirit each week. Our theology is fairly simple, "love one another." But what makes us unusual is that we mean that. We are not out to change anyone. We accept and welcome all.

bpfna.org - Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB)

dignityusa.org - Through their national organization and many local chapters, Dignity works for education, for the reform of the Roman Catholic Church's teachings and pastoral practices toward sexual minorities, and for the acceptance of all people as full members of the Church.

emergence-international.org - A world-wide community of Christian Scientists, their families and friends providing spiritual and educational support for LGBT people.

ecinc.org - The national network of gay and lesbian evangelical Christians and friends.

gladalliance.org - Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples Alliance

integrityusa.org - A nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Episcopalians and their straight friends.

interfaithalliance.org - The Interfaith Alliance works to promote interfaith cooperation around shared religious values to strengthen the public's commitment to the American values of civic participation, freedom of religion, diversity, and civility in public discourse.

glbtjews.org - The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews

elm.org - Lutheran Lesbian and Gay Ministries

rainbowbaptists.org - A website providing support, information and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer identified Baptists, their family and friends.

sdakinship.org - A nonprofit support organization which ministers to the spiritual, emotional, social, and physical well-being of Seventh-day Adventist lesbian, gay men, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families and friends.

soulforce.org - An interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

rmnetwork.org - A national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice.

mccchurch.org - All are welcome in the Metropolitan Community Church; a worldwide fellowship of Christian churches with a special outreach to the world's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.


Inclusive churches in Indiana

(These are member organizations of the Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination and are just a sampling of the inclusive churches in Indiana):

Broadway United Methodist Church, Indianapolis - http://www.broadwayumc.org

Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis - www.bez613.org

Downey Avenue Christian Church - www.downeyavenue.com

Eastside Peace & Justice Forum of Cumberland First Baptist Church, Indianapolis

Orthodox Catholic Church of America, Indianapolis - www.orthodoxcatholicchurch.org

LifeJourney Church - www.lifejourneychurch.cc

Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church, Indianapolis

North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis - www.northchurchindy.org

Plymouth Congregational Church, Ft. Wayne - www.plymouthfw.org

St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Indianapolis - www.stlukesumc.com

St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Carmel - www.stpeterscarmel.org

Temple Israel, Gary - www.templeisraelmiller.org

The Church Within, Indianapolis - www.thechurchwithin.org

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bloomington - www.uubloomington.org

Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Hendricks County, Danville - http://uucchc.org

Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis - www.uui.org

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Fort Wayne - www.uufortwayne.org