Church of the Ascension, Episcopal
Rev. Dr. Michael J. Fay, Pastor
349 E Street, Salida 81201
First Presbyterian Church
Rev. Charley Blom, Interim Pastor
Rev. Hilary Downs, Assoc. Pastor
7 Poncha Blvd, Salida 81201
Salida United Methodist Church
Rev. Colob Rundell, Pastor
228 East 4th Street, Salida 81201
Online Spiritual Resources
Queer Theology provides a supportive community and in-depth resources for queer Christians and straight supporters, with free email affirmations, digital resources, podcasts, and an online community.
Q Christian Fellowship is one of the longest-running LGBTQ and Christian support networks, offering a myriad of articles, online forums, and yearly in-person conferences. QCF provides information for those on both “Side A” (supporting same-sex marriage and relationships) and “Side B” (promoting celibacy for Christians with same-sex attractions) and works to build bridges between the two.
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry works to advance the well-being of LGBTQ people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion, gender and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy. Their site features many articles and resources on interpretation and theology.
Human Rights Campaign runs a Religion & Faith section with continually updated articles and resources around current issues in LGBTQ life and faith.
Religion Dispatches has a Sexuality/Gender section which addresses current events and issues around the life of being LGBTQ and Christian.
The Advocate hosts a Religion section with continually updated content on current events in the Christian life of LGBTQ people.
The Institute for Welcoming Resources is an ecumenical group working in multiple denominations to help churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Their site is full of denominational information along with many free PDF downloads of articles, workshops, and other resources.
Believe Out Loud is an online community that empowers Christians to work for LGBTQ equality.
Acting Out Loud is a guide for faith communities that want to move beyond welcome toward a wider embrace of LGBT people and their families.
The Reformation Project works to train Christians to support and affirm LGBT people.
Matthias Roberts has published a Faith and Sexuality Resource Guide of online posts, resources, people to follow, and videos to watch. (Many of those resources are re-posted here!)
Canyon Walker Connections works to repair the division existing between social and Christian conservatives and the LGBT community through education, training, encouragement, and dialogue in both secular and religious environments.
New Direction Ministries of Canada works to nurture safe and spacious places for sexual minority persons to explore and grow in faith in Jesus Christ.
Other Sheep is a multicultural, ecumenical, non-profit Christian ministry founded in 1992 in Latin America and operated by volunteer personnel, working worldwide for the full inclusion of LGBT people of faith within their respective faith-traditions.
Gay Christian Alliance is a group of gay Christians living all over the world who wish to spread the message that it’s OK to be gay and Christian, and hosts a number of books, videos, articles, and podcasts.
TransFaith is a national non-profit that is led by transgender people and focused on issues of faith and spirituality, working to affirm, empower, and engage transgender and gender non-conforming people and their communities.
ManyVoices is a “black church movement for gay and transgender justice.”
IMPACT Magazine is an online magazine for bold, authentic and engaged living, featuring articles related to any aspect of being gay and Christian and living in the real world — “Where Faith, the Real World & Gay Life intersect!”
Soulforce works to end the political and religious oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people through relentless nonviolent resistance.
My T Spirit is a collection of images and stories of transgender and Christian people.
Faith in America is a non-profit organization whose ultimate goal is to end decades and centuries of using religious teachings to justify marginalizing and discriminating against others.
QSpirit is a project from lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry, compiling a list of religious events, saints, and books around the topics of LGBTQ life and Christianity.
Inclusive Orthodoxy advocates for a church orthodox in theology and grounded in the radical message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—a message of love, a proclamation of hope for the oppressed, an invitation towards all regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Pastor’s kid and gay man Derrick produces GodLovesTheGays.com (currently down; redirected to archived page) to advocate, educate, share his experiences, and offer hope to those in the LGBTQI community.
LoveBoldly seeks to empower willing Christians and sexual minorities to move towards loving one another boldly.
A Fractured Life is a guide to intersectionality in LGBTQ life and faith, including considerations of violence, poverty, and race and ethnicity.
Whosoever is a now-archived blog and magazine with many resources and stories around the LGBT life of faith.
Queer Theology offers a weekly podcast on the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday, reading through the eyes of those who serve the LGBTQ community.
Matthias Roberts creates the podcast Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being. Queerology brings together theologians, psychologists, poets, thinkers, change makers, and maybe even a scientist or two, exploring different “-ologies” and ideas, all pointing back to the central question: how might we live better as queer people of faith?
Blake Chastain is a Chicago-based writer & podcaster, recovering religion student, and host of the Exvangelical podcast. Several episodes have featured conversations around sexuality and gender:
* Episode 6: LGBTQ Intersectionality & The Fruit of the Spirit with Rev. Kevin Wright* Episode 10: Emily Joy & Hannah Paasch of The Flawless Project* Episode 12: The Kevin Garcia Needs to Sit in the Front Row* Episode 14: A Safe Place for Questions with Dr. Keisha McKenzie* Episode 26: Rev. Morgan Guyton, author of the book How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity
* Episode 29: Samantha Field talks Homeschooling, Christian Education, and Growing Up in a Cult
* Episode 30: Verdell Wright and Black Queer Voices
* Episode 31: Crystal Cheatham and the Our Bible App
* Episode 32: Peterson Toscano
Sisters of Thunder is a podcast featuring Kathy Baldock and Yvette Schneider discussing issues related to LGBT history, faith, psychology, sociology, medicine, and social issues.
The archive of Whosoever includes a podcast with thirty-two episodes.
The Liturgists is a series of podcasts which discusses different issues in the church; episode 20 features the stories and perspectives on LGBTQ persons and the Church by Donald Miller and J.J. Peterson; Matthew Vines; Melissa Greene, Stan Mitchell, and Tabitha from GracePointe; Preston Sprinkle; and Ed Gungor.
Kevin Garcia’s A Tiny Revolution is a weekly podcast of conversations with friends working in social justice movements and advocacy organizations. A number of his podcasts have focused on sexuality and gender, including:
* Episode 2: Lead with Love, feat. Colby Martin
* Episode 7: Coming Out, V-Necks, and Being a Lady of the Cloth with Rev. Sarah Heath
* Episode 9: Queer Asians & Straight Boys with Queer Haircuts, feat. Niki Ang and Kenji Kuramitsu
* Episode 10: Theology as Survival with Rev. Broderick Greer
* Episode 12: A Beautiful Burden, feat. Deborah Jian Lee
* Episode 20: Blue Babies Pink, feat. Brett Trapp
* Episode 22: First Kisses and The Christian Closet, feat. Candice Czubernat
* Episode 23: Let’s Talk About Sex(ual Ethics), feat. Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck
* Episode 24: The Spiritual Metaphysics of Art and Rest, with SueAnn Shiah
* Episode 25: Rev. Emmy Kegler is Trying to Convert Me
* Episode 27: A Better Church for Everyone, with Dr. Ken Fong
* Episode 29: Sin and Setting Shit on Fire w/ Austen Hartke
Homebrewed Christianity, a podcast since 2008, is a community of podcasts, bloggers, & regular listeners invested in expanding and deepening the conversation around faith and theology. Their February 2016 episode, “The Clobbercast: Sexuality, the Bible, and Ministry” is a conversation between Tripp Fuller (Homebrewed Christianity founder), Daniel Kirk (a straight and an open and affirming evangelical New Testament professor), and Pastor Rick Mixon (an openly gay pastor in the American Baptist church) tackling the commonly known “clobber passages” from the Bible used to exclude openly LGBTQ people from the body of Christ.
Movies - Documentaries
Out of Order (2016) is a documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by LGBTQ faith leaders as they confront entrenched bigotry and work to build loving support within their churches. Out of Order is currently in preview screenings and is slated for general release in 2018.
Here I Am (2016) is a 30-minute series of stories of coming out and being a Christian. Available on Vimeo.
Holler If You Hear Me: Black & Gay in the Church is a 2015 documentary providing an inside look at the LGBT community in the Black church. Available for free online on BET.com.
Blackbird (2014) tells the fictional story of a black Christian teenage boy trying to suppress his gayness while dealing with his complicated family situation and trying to help produce a school play with his small band of friends. Available on Netflix.
The New Black, a 2013 documentary, examines how African-American voters have become bitterly divided on the issue of gay marriage because of homophobia rampant in the Black church. Focusing on the fight for marriage equality in the state of Maryland, it examines the complex intertwined histories of gays and blacks and the idea that this hot-button issue is a matter of civil rights. Available on Netflix.
The Wise Kids, a 2011 film exploring the lives and faith of three youth group kids suddenly faced with their understandings and beliefs about sexuality. Available for streaming on Netflix.
Fish Out of Water is a 2009 documentary discussing the seven “clobber verses” with pastors who support and pastors who oppose same-gender relationships.
For the Bible Tells Me So, a 2007 documentary following five American families through the process of a child’s coming out and coming to terms with faith. Available for streaming on Netflix.
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin is a 2003 documentary telling the story of Bayard Rustin, a gay Christian civil rights activist who was instrumental in coordinating the March on Washington in 1963, and was a close friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. This documentary covers both his activism and the problems he faced as a gay man at that time. Available for free on PBS.org.
“What do I do if my child is gay?” Lead with Love is a 35-minute documentary created to help answer that question and includes interviews with psychologies and clergy. The film is free to watch online after completing a short survey.
Pariah (2011): a young Black lesbian tries to balance her personal acceptance of her sexuality with the closeted life she lives with her Christian family. Available for streaming on Netflix.
Through My Eyes, a 2010 production through the Gay Christian Network that tells the stories of young Christians who have been part of their churches’ discussions on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Available on YouTube at the link above.
Sexual Orientation and Scripture
Colby Martin, UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality(2016)
Matthew Vines, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships (2015)
Mark Achtemeier, The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart (2014)
Peter Enns, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (2014)
John Shore, UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question (2013)
James Brownson, Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships (2013)
William Loader, Sexuality in the New Testament: Understanding the Key Texts (2010)
Rev. Keith J. Phillips (ed), Quench! refreshing devotionals by gay, trans, and affirming Christians (2009)
Candace Chellew-Hodge, Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians (2008)
Michal Anne Pepper, Reconciling Journey: A Devotional Workbook for Lesbian and Gay Christians (2003)
Debra Kolodney (ed), Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith (2000)
Ian Corbett, A Disreputable Priest: Being Gay in Anti-Gay Cultures (2015)
R. W. Holmen, Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism (2014)
Jeff Hood, The Courage to Be Queer (2015)
Andy Buechel, That We Might Become God: The Queerness of Creedal Christianity (2015)
Kathleen T. Talvacchia, Mark Larrimore, Michael F. Pettinger, Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms (2014)
Patrick Cheng, Radical Love: Introduction to Queer Theology (2011)
Susannah Cornwall and Lisa Isherwood, Controversies in Queer Theology (2011)
Olive Elaine Hinnant, God Comes Out: A Queer Homiletic (2007)
Robert Goss, Take Back the Word: A Queer Reading of the Bible (2000)
Mia Kerick, Inclination
John Herrick, Between These Walls
Alex Sanchez, The God Box
Brett Ray, My Name is Brett: Truths from a Trans Christian (2015)
Lisa Salazar, Transparently: Behind the Scenes of a Good Life (2011)
Brad and Drew Harper, Space at the Table: Conversations Between an Evangelical Theologian and His Gay Son (2016)
Mychal Copeland, D’vorah Rose, Ani Zonneveld, Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives (2016)
Heather Rachelle White, Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights (2015)
Jay Emerson Johnson, Peculiar Faith: Queer Theology for Christian Witness (2014)
Jennifer Knapp, Facing the Music: My Story (2014)
Robert Everett Shore-Goss, Thomas Bohache, Patrick S. Cheng, Ramona Faye West, Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians(2013)
David Kundtz, Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk: LGBT Pastoral Care (2007)
Sexuality and Ethics
Dianna Anderson, Damaged Goods: New Perspectives On Christian Purity (2015)
Marvin Ellison and Kelly Brown Douglas, Sexuality and the Sacred, Second Edition: Sources for Theological Reflection (2010)
Margeret Farley, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics (2008)
James Nelson, Embodiment: An Approach to Sexuality and Christian Theology (1978)
Deborah Jian Lee, Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism (2015)
Pamela R. Lightsey, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (2015)
James Priest, LGBT: In The Name of God: The Church’s Response to The LGBT Community (2015)
Rachel Murr, Unnatural: Spiritual Resiliency in Queer Christian Women (2014)
Patrick Cheng, Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit (2013)
Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive(2013)
James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), a classic work of American literature; a novel about a black gay boy growing up in a charismatic church in the 50s.