Review: “The beauty of this volume is that all of my doubts, questions, and struggles are found within its pages. . . .” —Kevin Moore, MB Herald
Summary: Can excommunicated Mennonites or pastors under discipline, denominational leaders, and persons holding widely varying perspectives actually have a genuine conversation on homosexuality rather than battle each other? This book records what happens when the quest is not for victory but for writers who (1) convey persuasively and movingly their own viewpoints to make them available as a treasure others can learn from; and (2) learn from the treasures of viewpoints other than their own.
Homosexuality is one of the more contentious issues communities of faith as well as entire religions and cultures are facing in our day. This book is shaped by the dream of a time when out of a swirl of diverse yet treasured perspectives might come if not a choir at least improvisational jazz. What if those who care deeply about homosexuality played not only against but also with each other even while they highlighted trumpet, piano, or clarinet in their solo moments? That is what this volume asks.
Stumbling Toward a Genuine Conversation on Homosexuality began as the Winter 2006 special issue of DreamSeeker Magazine, which is now reprinted as Part One and makes up roughly one-third of the book. Part Two, encompassing two-thirds of the book, is entirely new materials interacting with Part One as well as blazing new trails. To learn more, download an Adobe eBook free sample. Chapters range from theological or biblical studies through heartfelt personal stories.
Authors include (in order of appearance) Loren L. Johns, Everett J. Thomas, Weldon D. Nisly, C. Norman Kraus, John D. Roth, Mary H. Schertz, Ruth S. Weaver, Paul M. Lederach, Marlin Jeschke, Gerald J. Mast, Forrest L. Moyer, Harold N. Miller, David A. Shank, Michael A. Schaadt, John Linscheid, Lin Garber, Mark Thiessen Nation, Bruce Hiebert, Alicia Yoder, Joyce Lind, Luke L Miller, Sarah MacDonald, Nancy Kerr, Ted Grimsrud, Willard M. Swartley, Phil Kniss, Marcia Benner Pusey, Sheldon Burkhalter.
Comment: "God, we ask you to help us listen to and hear each other in the church in ways that honor you and honor each other. Thank you for my brothers and sisters in this book who have shared their perspectives. May they truly be instruments for your love and grace among us. Amen." —J. Ron Byler, Executive Associate Director, Mennonite Church USA
"Stumbling . . . is a compelling read. . . . A colleague of mine commented that perhaps it is coming a decade or more too late. Maybe he’s right, but I’m not sure we were ready for it then. Hopefully we are now." —Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, Associate Professor of Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, Goshen College, in the Foreword
"I am . . . able to bring my sexuality . . .in front of the Father and ask, 'What does this all mean? And what does it mean regarding who I am?' I can feel his arms of love enfold me and hear him say, 'It doesn’t really matter . . . I love you.'" —Marcia Benner Pusey, in her chapter
"For some of us, attempts to change can lead to hell, separating us from God. For others, change can bring a deeper relationship with God." —John Linscheid, in a chapter of responses
Market: Church study groups, church leaders, college and seminary students, anyone interested in "genuine conversation" over homosexuality.
Shelving: Homosexuality; Biblical interpretation; Hermeneutics; Communication Studies; Conflict Studies; Theology—Anabaptist-Mennonite; Hans-Georg Gadamer. BISAC: Religion, Social Sciences. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics
The Editor: Michael A. King, Telford, Pennsylvania, is a pastor, a publisher, and editor of DreamSeeker Magazine. In addition to many articles, King has had published such books as Preaching about Life in a Threatening World (with Ron Sider) and Fractured Dance: Gadamer and Mennonite Conflict Over Homosexuality. He is editor (with David Greiser) of Anabaptist Preaching: A Conversation Between Pulpit, Pew, and Bible.
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