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A Way Forward for Discernment in Congregations: LGBTQ+ Inclusion Discernment

Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76706, USA
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Religions 2021, 12(3), 191; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030191
Received: 1 March 2021 / Revised: 6 March 2021 / Accepted: 7 March 2021 / Published: 12 March 2021
Christian congregations and denominations are increasingly struggling with questions of LGBTQ+ inclusion. The questions of hiring ministers who are LGBTQ+ persons, including LGBTQ+ persons in leadership, and conducting LGBTQ+ marriages are just a few of the discernment discussions that congregations are considering. This article reports on the findings of 97 interviews in 21 congregations reporting on their own discernment conversations. Researchers identified commonalities and differences in groups of congregations with processes that participants saw as instructive. This article is the third in a series of three: common models in the literature, lessons learned from the 97 interviews, and potential processes for congregations considering discernment. View Full-Text
Keywords: LGBTQ+ inclusion; congregations; discernment processes; denominations LGBTQ+ inclusion; congregations; discernment processes; denominations
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Harris, H.; Yancey, G.; Dawson, K.; Gregory, J. A Way Forward for Discernment in Congregations: LGBTQ+ Inclusion Discernment. Religions 2021, 12, 191. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030191

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Harris H, Yancey G, Dawson K, Gregory J. A Way Forward for Discernment in Congregations: LGBTQ+ Inclusion Discernment. Religions. 2021; 12(3):191. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030191

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Harris, Helen, Gaynor Yancey, Kimberly Dawson, and Jess Gregory. 2021. "A Way Forward for Discernment in Congregations: LGBTQ+ Inclusion Discernment" Religions 12, no. 3: 191. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030191

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