Links to resources

There are many great resources out there for pastors, church workers or families interested in reaching out to LGBT+ people. Here are a few. Check back now and then for more.

Spiritual Friendship This has to be first on the list. This blog features a number of Christian writers from a variety of denominations and who have a variety of sexual orientation but who all agree that sex is reserved for marriage between one man and one woman. It has both practical posts and fairly in-depth theological discussions. This is a must visit for anyone interested in ministry to LGBT+ people.

Eve Tushnet Eve writes her blog from the experience of a woman who grew up both atheist and lesbian but who came to faith in the Roman Catholic Church after discussions with catholic friends about philosophy, especially about aesthetics. Her love of quirky art shows in the reviews she does of various movies, TV shows and books. But interspersed with these are some of the most insightful posts I have seen on sexuality, gender and the Christian walk.

Catholic Authenticity Melinda Selmy writes as a woman who, I believe, grew up in the faith, left the church and identified first as Lesbian and then as Transgender. She returned to the Roman Catholic Church and is married and raising several kids. Recently, she has been considering joining the Anglican Church because of the sexual scandals among the priesthood of the RCC. Her insights are really amazing and very worth reading although her writing as slowed down during this time as she is considering her membership in the Roman Church.

Meditations of a Traveling Nun Bridget Eileen is an amazingly insightful writer and Christian. Her blog posts about sexuality and Christianity never fail to make me think. This is an excellent site for demonstrating how faithful Christians can deal seriously with issues of sexuality.

A Blog by Chris Damien This simply named blog by a Catholic gay man also has some very good thoughts on sexuality, the Church and faith. I enjoy reading what he writes.

Mudblood Catholic Gabriel Blanchard is very similar to Eve Tushnet in that he does not just stick to topics of sexuality but explore music, art and literature. When he works with the topic of sexuality, his post tend toward the more poetic and make enjoyable reading.

Living Out This is a site full of resources by a number of conservative Christians in Britain. They, along with Spiritual Friendship, have been around for some time and they have some really good points to make. I highly recommend pastors read and consider this site.

Revoice The Revoice conference has released videos of some of last year's sessions. there is a lot of good material in some of them. I think pastors should watch them all.

Where Grace Abounds This is a great support group that began helping those who are attracted to their own sex but expanded to various kinds of sexual issues. What I liked about them years ago when I attended is that they did not push attendees to change orientation, though they did buy into the "Reparative" model of homosexuality at the time. They no longer support the reparative model, I believe. Rather, they focuss on what needs a person might have in order to live in obedience to God in whatever situation they were now in. And they make a special effort to have community building activities outside of the support group, since one of the core needs is for friendship.

The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender Preston Sprinkle started this organization after publishing his book “People to be loved.” Most of the resources are ones that have to be purchased so I can't specifically critique them. But it has a good blog and, from what I have seen, it has some good resources.

EQUIP This is another paid site so I can not tell you whether the paid resources are good or not. But the blog is good as are the videos available so I suspect the purchase resources are most likely very good.

Be sure to check back now and then. I want to add some books and maybe some links to articles that might be useful in dealing with sexuality.