Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities by Stephen Hunt

By Stephen Hunt

The topic of homosexual and lesbian sexuality might be the main vexed factor within the modern Christian Church. Many church buildings were compelled to confront the problem, either theologically and pastorally and consequently, controversies have proved divisive in the Church: so much particularly among conservative and liberal oriented denominations, in addition to evangelical church buildings. This booklet explores those subject matters from a sociological standpoint, addressing not just homosexual and lesbian sexualities, but additionally bi- and transgendered sexualities. It therefore considers a couple of supplementary concerns regarding the formation of identities either sexually and spirituality, the development of theologies and worldviews, the various importance of LGBT sexualities, in addition to mobilisation, and several topics. With wealthy empirical fabric being provided by way of a workforce of specialists, this publication constitutes the 1st finished sociological examine of 'non-hetero' sexualities with regards to modern Christianity. As such, it is going to attract sociologists, students of faith and theology in addition to readers throughout a variety of social sciences.

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Net> (assessed 03/08/08). 33 The definition and use of the term Queer is not, however, without controversy in the wider academic and social context with the identification of ‘queer’ with LGBT spirituality is one now challenged by many including Althaus-Reid (cf. 2003); Stuart (cf. 2003a). html> (assessed 01/07/08). 16 Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities Neglected concerns: The ‘LBT’ in LGBT ‘Queer’, as a concept and designation, is a relatively newcomer to the remit of sexuality that the churches have to grapple with.

The following chapters in this volume address many of the issues, adding flesh to the bones and providing them with a good measure of empirical grounding. In the opening chapter Michael Keenan raises questions related to gay men and their experiences in the churches in which they choose to remain, often accommodating themselves to a malevolent environment. Refusing to ‘opt out’, even to ‘come out’, needs its adaptive strategies. Keenan focuses specifically on gay Anglican clergy and explores how the church’s continued questioning of the acceptability of gay sexuality encourages many gay clergy to ‘closet’ their sexualities in order to find ‘space’ to continue in their vocation.

A year later he filed the first lawsuit in the US seeking legal recognition for same-sex marriages. Perry lost the lawsuit but launched the debate over marriage equality in the US. Today, MCC congregations around the world perform more than 6,000 same-sex union/marriage ceremonies annually. Liberal attitudes of the MCC extend to allowing its member churches independence in doctrine, worship, and practice. Styles of worship include liturgical, charismatic, evangelical, traditional and modern. While the church bases its theology on the historic creeds of the Christian Church such as Apostles’ and Nicene creeds, the defining aspect of MCC’s theology is its position on homosexuality and Christianity where it fully embraces and welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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