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

Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798, USA
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Religions 2021, 12(1), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010025
Received: 3 December 2020 / Revised: 26 December 2020 / Accepted: 28 December 2020 / Published: 31 December 2020
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 conversation, and resources to address the risks of division and changes in membership and finances. In the following article, the authors include findings and resources from congregations, process models, and suggestions and possibilities for families of faith considering how to move forward in addressing one of the more pressing and divisive issues in the church. View Full-Text
Keywords: LGBTQ+; churches; denominations; discernment; models; processes LGBTQ+; churches; denominations; discernment; models; processes
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Harris, H.; Yancey, G.I.; Dawson, K.; Gregory, J. Congregational Discernment and LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Process Lessons from 21 Congregations. Religions 2021, 12, 25. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010025

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Harris H, Yancey GI, Dawson K, Gregory J. Congregational Discernment and LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Process Lessons from 21 Congregations. Religions. 2021; 12(1):25. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010025

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Harris, Helen, Gaynor I. Yancey, Kimberly Dawson, and Jess Gregory. 2021. "Congregational Discernment and LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Process Lessons from 21 Congregations" Religions 12, no. 1: 25. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010025

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