Shannon's Queer
Spirituality Bibliography


These are some of my favorite resources on religion, God, spirituality and sexuality
in case you are also interested in such things.

Holy Sonnets:

Beginnings

Epiphany

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Rapture

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Beloved Community

Commitment

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Boswell, John. Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century. Boswell was a history professor at Yale until his death in 1994. This book is a deep and scholarly textual investigation of early Christian and classical culture and its attitudes toward love and eroticism between same-sex partners. In his last book, Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe, Boswell shows that rites of commitment for same-sex partners have a religious and civic history that extends to that same era.

Comstock, Gary David, ed. A Whosoever Church: Welcoming Lesbians and Gay Men into African American Congregations. This is an edited volume of interviews with theologians, ministers and other leaders in the Black Church who support increased affirmation of queer Christians in African American congregations. Includes James Cone, Emily Towne, Ray East and other marvelous, inspiring thinkers and activists.

Fiorenza, Elisabeth Schussler. In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins. Absolutely anything by Fiorenza is brilliant. She is the Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at Harvard, and a genius. Her work is for serious Bible scholars and theologians, but anyone can learn something from her.

Heyward, Carter. Our Passion for Justice: Images of Power, Sexuality and Liberation. Carter Heyward is a lesbian and one of the 11 women ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in Philadelphia in 1974. Believe it or not, that event arguably caused more trouble in the Anglican Communion than the recent election of Gene Robinson to bishop. Heyward is a theologian and ethicist on faculty at the Episcopal Divinity School of Cambridge, Massachusettes. This is one of her many collections of essays and sermons. She is smart, inspiring and visionary, but readable even for beginners in theology.

Horner, Tom. Jonathan Loved David. A reader-friendly study of each and every passage of the Bible that could be said to involve same-sex love or eroticism. Horner is an Episcopal priest.

Jakobsen, Janet and Ann Pellegrini. Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance. Jakobsen and Pellegrini are professors at NYU. They argue that queers in the U.S. ought to be basing their claims to justice on the anti-establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution. A terribly smart and persuasive book which ought to be required reading for every Supreme Court justice and every member of Congress.

Mollenkott, Virginia Ramey. Sensuous Spirituality: Out from Fundamentalism. Mollenkott is a lesbian biblical scholar with an evangelical background. She has several books on issues of gender and sexuality.

Ruether, Rosemary Radford.Sexism and God-Talk. A classic (if not the classic) feminist theology text. Ruether has a Roman Catholic background, and now teaches at the Pacific School of Religion.

Wink, Walter. Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches. A collection of essays from a variety of thinkers from a variety of Christian denominational backgrounds in official and unofficial roles. Includes Wink's very good essay on homosexuality and the Bible, which by itself is a must for any Jewish or Christian person interested in the issue of sexuality and biblical studies.

These are some organizations of people of Abrahamic faiths which work for the celebration of human sexuality within their traditions. If you know of a site that you think should be listed here, email me from the homepage with your suggestion:

Affirmation is an organization of United Methodists in support of the full inclusion of queer people in the life of the Church.

Affirmation (another one!) is an organization of Mormons in support of the full inclusion of queer people in the life of the Church.

The Al Fatiha Foundation is a member of an international grassroots network of organizations dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, those exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity, and other sexual and gender minorities.

Dignity USA is an organization of Roman Catholics in support of the full inclusion of queer people in the life of the Church.

Integrity USA is an organization of Episcopalians in support of the full inclusion of queer people in the life of the Church.

Lutherans Concerned is an organization of Lutherans in support of the full inclusion of queer people in the life of the Church.

More Light Presbyterians is an organization of Presbyterians in support of the full inclusion of queer people in the life of the Church.

Rainbow Baptists is an organization of Baptists in support of the full inclusion of queer people in the life of the Church.

The UCC Coalition is a United Church of Christ organization in support of the full inclusion of queer people in the life of the Church.

The World Congress of GLBT Jews is an international organization whose mission is creating an environment where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Jews worldwide can enjoy free and fulfilling lives.

The Unitarian Universalist Church and the Metropolitan Community Church are Christian denominations which welcome people of all sexualities. Many eastern religions/practices (such as Buddhism) as well as Pagan traditions (like Wicca), are inclusive of people of all sexualities.