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 as a result, controversies have proved divisive in the Church: so much significantly among conservative and liberal oriented denominations, in addition to evangelical church buildings. This ebook 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 matters relating to the formation of identities either sexually and spirituality, the development of theologies and worldviews, the various value of LGBT sexualities, in addition to mobilisation, and several subject matters. With wealthy empirical fabric being awarded by means of a staff of specialists, this ebook constitutes the 1st finished sociological research 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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The chapter offers a way of understanding such incorporation through the metaphor of ‘embroidering identity’. Identity and stigma Aside from argument based in theology and tradition, focus is also placed upon the ‘upset’ knowledge of clergy’s sexualities may cause congregants, emphasising I would like to thank Dr Andrew Yip and Dr Brian Heaphy for their help and support throughout the project this paper is based upon. The project was an ESRC funded PhD study (award number PTA-030-2003-01724).
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.
This was linked to stories of call as well as retellings of experience as gay men. Respondents reported feeling called to a ministry that was aware of others, that was inclusive, and that recognised issues others may not choose to. This was seen in terms of justice in the wider world and in the local community often emphasising communities seen as outside the norm, or in some way apart from mainstream Church community. ) that Dare not Speak its Name 31 Over the years I can see that a lot of my ministry has been very much fringe ministry … mental health, alternative lifestyles, ordination of women … because of your experience of being marginalised you can empathise with other minority groups.
Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities by Stephen Hunt