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Congregational Discernment and LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Process Lessons from 21 Congregations

Helen Harris; Gaynor Yancey; Kimberly Dawson; Jess Gregory;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2021 Journal: Religions, volume 12, page 25 (eissn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
<jats:p>The question of LGBTQ+ inclusion in churches is rapidly becoming an open conversation in congregations and denominations seeking answers in policy and practice. As society is engaging the question of LGBTQ+ rights in the courts, denominations are addressing LGBTQ+ inclusion, and as increasing numbers of LGBTQ+ Christians come out in their faith communities, church members and their churches, with their religious structures, are called on to take positions, often in the absence of agreement. In background research and 97 interviews with leaders and members of 21 congregations in three denominations, a research team discovered processes, models for convers...
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