On Sexuality and Scripture

Essays, Bible Studies, and Personal Reflections by the Chicago Consultation, the Ujamaa Centre, and Their Friends

Edited by Masiiwa Ragies Gunda and Jim Naughton

Aug/2017, 184 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898699715



• Of interest to biblical scholars, students, and those following the international debate on same-sex issues
• Internationally-known authors
• Demonstrates serious students of Scripture can find good news for LGBTQ people and churches that affirm them in the Bible and the life and teachings of Jesus

The Chicago Consultation has sponsored consultations in South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana on Scripture and sexuality. With papers, Bible studies, and personal essays from American, African, and other international scholars, this book offers a new way of approaching sacred texts to discover what the Bible does and does not say about human sexuality.

The Chicago Consultation has developed a reputation for civil conversation among those on multiple sides of issues related to gender equality. Their work in Africa builds on that reputation, now reaching international biblical scholars and students.

Audience: individual readers attempting to understand the Bible’s teachings on sexuality in a different light, pastoral and educational leaders in communities seeking a way to examine issues of sexuality and authority from a scriptural perspective, LGBTQ Christians seeking life-giving interpretations of Biblical text.

Jim Naughton is a former reporter for the New York Times and the Washington Post and is the author of four books, including a novel for young adults. He has a master’s degree in American history from Syracuse University and was previously the canon for communications in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. A partner in Canticle Communications, Jim is the founder and former editor of the website Episcopal Café.

Masiiwa Ragies Gunda holds a PhD from Bayreuth University, Germany, and is Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. He has published widely on the Bible and same-sex relationships in Zimbabwe and Africa in general, including his PhD thesis, The Bible and Homosexuality in Zimbabwe (2010). Gunda published On the Public Role of the Bible in Zimbabwe (2015) and is also a founding co-editor of the series Bible in Africa Studies (BiAS) published by University of Bamberg Press, Germany.

"This collection conveys the lively, passionate, rigorous conversations of the Chicago Consultation – with one another, with diverse churches and cultures, with and with holy scripture. Probing and elucidating a rich and wide range of biblical texts in dialogue with the lives of LGTBI people within and outside the church, the essays, meditations, and questions invite readers into faithful and life-giving conversation."
––Cynthia Kittredge, Dean and President at the Seminary of the Southwest

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