Articles & Papers
The CLGS Resource Library makes available articles and papers on topics relevant to LGBT studies in religion and ministry. The full text of each article is available through both our topic index and author index.
Our collection includes many articles that originally appeared in the journal, Open Hands, published by the Reconciling Ministries Network from 1986 to 2002. In addition to appearing alongside other articles in the title and author indexes, the Open Hands articles are also accessible through our Open Hands issue index.
This is material from Transgender Religious Summit IV, 2010. For more information on the Summit, go here.
On the occasion of the passage of federal hate crimes legislation, the Human Rights Campaign invited the Rev. Dr. Stephen V. Sprinkle, associate professor of practical theology at Brite Dvinity School in Fort Worth, Texas, to comment on the legislation's significance. Dr. Sprinkle offered the following reflections with the title, "The End of the Beginning: How the Passage of the Matthew Shephard Act Transforms Us."
Editorial from the National Catholic Reporter, February 20, 2004
A transcript of the plenary address on marriage and the social justice agenda given by Marvin M. Ellison, Professor of Christian Ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary, during the OutFront Phoenix conference in June, 2007.
May 17 marks the first anniversary of Massachusetts offering equal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. For those of us who believe in those rights, and the more than 5,000 same-sex couples that have been married, it is a moment for reflection and celebration. Our joy, however, is mixed with a sense of loss, because 14 states have since passed measures banning legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
Del Martin, 82, and Phyllis Lyon, 79, married in San Francisco's City Hall on February 12, 2004. They became the first same-sex couple in the United States to have their marriage recognized legally by a government agency. They may also be the first to be divorced if the courageous decision by Mayor Gavin Newsom to grant marriage licenses to two partners of any gender constellation, rather than to a man and a woman, is overturned by the courts.
GAY AND CHRISTIAN - SoulForce Equality Ride Forum [PDF]
The Rev. Rosa Lee Harden found herself quite unexpectedly caught up on the recent marriage license frenzy in San Francisco. Here are her reflections on the usual frustrations and the unexpected joys of being an agent of the state when it comes to weddings.
If you think that there is strict separation between church and state in this country we live in, you might want to check in with a clergy person who functions in a congregation composed mostly of gay folks and their straight friends.
On this President's Day I find myself in deep reflection, laughing, crying, cleaning the house as I often do when there is so much to feel. As you can imagine it has been a week to remember here in San Francisco.
Why Do They Hate Us So Much? [PDF]
"Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; wherever you go I will go, and wherever you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you."(Ruth 1:16-17)
Relationships, not Policies Make Welcoming Churches [PDF]
A Failure to Communicate? Bible-Talk Among Anglican Christian [PDF]
Rumors are beginning to circulate that the Episcopal Church in
the U.S. might no longer be considered "Anglican" after all. The
Archbishop of Canterbury's Lambeth Commission on ...
Faithful Evolution: The Dynamic Character of Christian Theology in Anglican Traditions [PDF]
Dana and I, only together as a couple for four years, have met dozens of gay and lesbian couples over the last week who have been together in committed relationships for ten, twenty, and thirty years. On Sunday afternoon we went to a joint celebration in San Francisco held for Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon in honor of their fifty-one year relationship and to honor the hundreds of couples who have received marriage licenses over the last few days. There were more than 2000 people in attendance, all dressed in wedding finery for a wedding reception that was long overdue.
The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is committed to supporting projects that affirm the dignity and equality of diverse populations in the Bay Area. As part of our work to eliminate discrimination against lesbians, gay men and their families we have focused resources to support the freedom to marry, end violence against gay youth, provide legal protections in employment, housing and public services, and to promote full participation in communities of faith.
Jerene and I got an unexpected Valentine's Day present this evening. We received a phone call from longtime friends Moya Watson and Leanne Waldal. Moya was on our staff at Dolores Street Community Services in San Francisco back in the late 80s. Among many of her talents, she was a computer guru who led our nonprofit (and church) into the computer age. We have remained good friends ever since.
Goss, who teaches in the Department of Religion at Webster University in St. Louis, writes of this article: "My intention is to create dialogue about the love and justice of same-sex relationships within the churches and deconstruct the churches’ claims of procreative privilege for heterosexual marriage. This dialogue involves queer Christians who live the gospel and who want to engage in open discussions with their churches about the morality of their sexual lives and their families of choice...