Reconciling Ministries Task Force
Clemson United Methodist Church, like many Christian communities, seeks to explore the ways God is calling us to ministries of hospitality and welcome, especially with those who have felt isolated from the church. In 2016 the Church Council appointed a Reconciling Ministries Task Force to guide us in conversations around the church’s ministry with LGBTQ persons and their families. This page offers some of the educational pieces prepared for the church by the Reconciling Ministries Task Force.
- The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline on Homosexuality
- Becoming a Reconciled individual, a Reconciled small group, or a Reconciled church by Reconciling Ministries Network
- The ‘Homosexuality’ Debate: Two Streams of Biblical Interpretation by Ted Grimsrud, Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at Eastern Mennonite University
- What’s to Prevent Us? by Rev. Keith D. Ray II, Senior Pastor of Clemson UMC, and Stanton Adams, former Director of Creative Ministries at Clemson UMC
- Fling Wide the Doors by Rev. Keith D. Ray II, Senior Pastor of Clemson UMC
- Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality by John Shore
- Love that Does Not Count the Cost – A Call to Celibacy by Ron, member of The Gay Christian Network
- What I Believe by Justin Lee, Executive Director of The Gay Christian Network
- The Bible, Homosexuality, and The UMC – Part 1 by Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
- Getting to Church Vitality by Rev. Tom Berlin, Lead Pastor of Floris UMC
- Resources on the Bible and homosexuality by Dr. James Howell, Senior Pastor of Myers Park UMC
- Can You Be Gay and Christian? by Matthew Vines, Founding Executive Director of The Reformation Project, and Michael Brown, leading evangelic apologist
- Welcoming but Not Affirming: An Evangelical Response to Homosexuality by Stanley J. Grenz
- Grenz asks: are same-sex relationships a viable, God-given way of giving expression to our sexuality? He reviews scientific research, the history of Christian teaching on homosexuality, the issue of biblical authority today, and the practical issues the church now face.
- God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines
- Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality. The book has sparked heated debate, sincere soul searching, and widespread cultural change on the issue of what it means to be a faithful gay Christian.
- Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations About Sexuality and Spirituality by Debra Hirsch
- Debra Hirsch has seen hope firsthand―in meaningful lifelong relationships with LGBT friends and neighbors, in Christian fellowships and in movements that have held a concern for people created in God’s image and a high view of the Bible’s teaching on sexuality in constructive tension. When you consider the world from the perspective of God’s kingdom mission, it turns out the smoke clears and a redemptive imagination takes root. Discover a holistic, biblical vision of sex and gender that honors God and offers good news to the world.
- Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches by Walter Wink
- Sixteen authors speak on personal encounters, the Biblical witness, define issues, assess Christian tradition, summarize prophetic voices, and discuss acceptance and blessings related to our faith and homosexuality.
- Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community by Andrew Marin
- Marin’s life changed forever when his three best friends came out to him in three consecutive months. Suddenly he was confronted with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community (GLBT) firsthand. And he was compelled to understand how he could reconcile his friends to his faith. In an attempt to answer that question, he and his wife relocated to Boystown, a predominantly GLBT community in Chicago. And from his experience and wrestling has come his book, Love Is an Orientation, a work which elevates the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community, moving the focus from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs.