"The homosexuality issue prompts us to engage in dialogue with scripture and tradition, with contemporary culture and experience, and with academic disciplines such as history, psychology, philosophy, and the law. The writers of this book begin by assuming that all who discuss the place of gay and lesbian Christians in the church hold their positions sincerely, and that this sincerity deserves respect. They continue by suggesting new avenues along which dialogue might proceed. Anglicanism has been distinguished, since the Reformation, for its ability to embrace a wide range of divergent viewpoints. Differing responses are not cause for division. Instead they offer opportunity for dialogue, enabling respect and reconciliation". -- back cover.
"Three of the contributions were originally delivered as addresses at the Halfway to Lambeth Conference in Manchester, England, in October 2003". -- Acknowledgements. [The three papers were those by Michael Ingham, Rowan Q. Smith and Mario Ribas].
Contents divided into seven main sections: Engaging in Dialogue -- The Dialogue with Scripture and Tradition -- The Dialogue of Church and Culture -- The Dialogue with Other Disciplines -- Leadership and Dialogue in a Time of Crisis -- Abandoning Silence in Favour of Dialogue -- Continuing the Dialogue.
Contents: Introduction : A Dialogue of Respect / Greig Dunn -- Acknowledgements -- Engaging in Dialogue -- Living Together in the Church / Terence Finlay -- Emerging Common Ground: A statement by the Toronto Dialogue Group -- The Dialogue with Scripture and Tradition -- Welcoming in the Gentiles / Sylvia C. Keesmaat -- Reaffirming a History of Christian Sexual Diversity / David Townsend -- Icons of Christ: Reflections on Gay and Lesbian Spirituality / Sr. Thelma Anne McLeod -- Reclaiming Christian Orthodoxy / Michael Ingham -- The Dialogue of Church and Culture -- Christ, Culture, and the Blessing of Homosexual Relationships / Kawuki Mukasa -- Our Humanity is God's Glory / Rowan Q. Smith -- A Note on Lambeth Conferences and Homosexuality: 1988, 1998, 2008 / Rowan Q. Smith -- The Church in the Closet / Mario Ribas -- The Dialogue with Other Disciplines -- Good Psychology is Good Theology; Good Theology is Good Psychology / Donald Meen -- Church, Society and State: Reconciling with Gays and Lesbians / Stephen J. Toope -- Leadership and Dialogue in a Time of Crisis -- Prophecy, Leadership, and Communities in Crisis / Walter Deller -- Abandoning Silence in Favour of Dialogue -- Faith, Vocation, and Intimacy / Peter Elliott -- Finding Acceptance as a Gay Person and Priest / John Saynor -- Continuing the Dialogue -- Community and Diversity / Eric B. Beresford -- Discerning the Spirit in Our Experience / Carroll Guen Hart -- Stepping Stones in Faith / Margaret Marquardt.
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Finlay, Terry (Terence Edward), 1937-2017
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Ingham, Michael (Michael Colin), 1949-
Keesmaat, Sylvia C., 1963-
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Halfway to Lambeth Conference (2003 : Manchester, Eng.)