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Gay Religion - Scott Thumma

Gay Religion

By: Scott Thumma (Editor), Edward R. Gray (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780759103269
Number Of Pages: 454

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While homosexuals continue gaining acceptance in other arenas of American culture, only a tiny minority of religious groups accept gays and lesbians as full members and potential clergy. Serious conflicts over homosexuality threaten to break apart several large U.S. denominations. Yet these heated theological debates can often obscure what religious gays and lesbians are actually doing. Gay Religion is the first book to objectively present the spiritual lives, practices and expressions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered. Drawing from a wide range of religious traditions, new and established scholars explore the range of gay religious expression in denominations, sects, and in areas outside recognized religious institutions. And these scholars ask what these religious innovations mean to the continually evolving religious environment of North America. With its helpful section introductions and an appendix providing profiles of organizations involved, Gay Religion is a useful and a compelling resource for anyone interested in homosexuality and American religion. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Gay Religion provides a valuable resource, both as a text and a typology, to continue studying and documenting the relationship between homosexuality and religion in the United States in the twenty-first century. It will be a valuable resource in the classroom to enable students to see the complexity of the LGBT lifestyle both in American religion and society. Furthermore, Gay Religion will spur current students to become scholars of the emerging field of gay religion.--Craig This "Journal Of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality "

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Denominational Heritage Expressionsp. 1
The Gay God of the City: The Emergence of the Gay and Lesbian Ethnic Parishp. 7
Reconciling Congregations Bridging Gay and Straight Communitiesp. 31
No Longer an Oxymoron: Integrating Gay and Lesbian Seventh-day Adventist Identitiesp. 47
Negotiating a Religious Identity: The Case of the Gay Evangelicalp. 67
Why Join a Gay Synagogue?p. 83
Latter-day Saint Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Spiritualityp. 99
Sexuality and Gender in Santeria: LGBT Identities at the Crossroads of Santeria Religious Practices and Beliefsp. 115
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Buddhist Practitionersp. 139
Shades of Grey or Back to Nature? The Enduring Qualities of Ex-Gay Ministriesp. 153
Subaltern/Sectarian Expressionsp. 163
Pluralism and Diversity: Music as Discourse and Information in a Gay and Lesbian Congregationp. 167
"St. Gerard Teaches Him That Love Cancels That Out:" Devotion to St. Gerard Maiella among Italian American Catholic Gay Men in Newark, New Jerseyp. 181
A Religion of One's Own: Gender and LGBT Religiositiesp. 203
Liberation in Truth: African American Lesbians Reflect on Religion, Spirituality, and Their Churchp. 221
Utopian Imaginaries and Faerie Practice: Mapping Routes of Relational Agencyp. 239
Queering the Dragonfest: Changing Sexualities in a Post-Patriarchal Religionp. 259
Popular Expressionsp. 281
The Gospel Hour: Liminality, Identity, and Religion in a Gay Barp. 285
Intermediaries: Spirit and Transcendence in a Sample of "Third-Gendered" North Americansp. 303
Rite to Party: Circuit Parties and Religious Experiencep. 313
The Harvey Milk Show: Violence, Desire, and Gay Popular Culturep. 327
Gay Men's Spiritual Experience in the Leather Communityp. 337
The Spirit Within: Gay Male Culture as a Spiritual Venuep. 351
Conclusion: Gay Religion as a Cultural Productionp. 367
Appendixp. 377
Bibliographyp. 407
Indexp. 433
About the Authorsp. 451
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ISBN: 9780759103269
ISBN-10: 0759103267
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 454
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.72