Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism (Paperback)
Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism chronicles the unique history of the way many protestant denominations have opened their pulpits to gay clergy and dealt with the issue of gay ordination. Queer Clergy provides an important historical reference for continuing dialogue but also celebrates the journey to acceptance.
"Minority voices within the various Christian churches became leaders in the struggle and bore their witness with courage, integrity, and effectiveness. Holmen tells this story in a gripping and fascinating way." John Shelby Spong, retired Episcopal Bishop and author.
"Holmen not only tells our movement stories to the masses but will also make same-gender loving people aware of a significant but often overlooked part of their own history. This is a significant work by justice ally Obie Holmen -- a singular contribution toward the full inclusion of LGBT people within Christian community and society. Many will be surprised by the breadth and depth of the movement in the Church." William R. Johnson, first openly gay person ordained to traditional Christian ministry.
"There is still much word to do, but Holmen's well-written history reminds us of our basis for hope." Chris Glaser, Presbyterian activist and author.
"I can't imagine a more comprehensive review of the journey towards full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church that this. "Queer Clergy" will serve as the definitive text on the subject for a long time to come." Herbert W. Chilstrom, first presiding bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
"Holmen has captured in detail our fervent belief in the grace of God and the gospel strength of our cause. I am grateful that this narrative of our risk-taking saints and sages is preserved under one cover." Amy E. DeLong, out, partnered lesbian and United Methodist Minister.