Mark's log of a year in Australia - and its continuing repercussions
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Just in time for our discussions about how to configure our "Queer Christianities" conference, and who our audiences are, a young adult novel I'd learned about online showed up - an Amazon suggestion which gets a blurb from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. It's quite wonderful. A teen romance, a coming out story, a story of serious religious exploration and discovery (more Bible quotes than any other novel I've ever read!). It doesn't just challenge the idea that there can be no home for gay folk in a serious Christianity but shows the power of the Bible as a text for "softening, not hardening, hearts" and the joy of being a whole person loved by God. It will change minds and save lives among young gay Christians.