Countless numbers of books, articles and other resources are available for people interested in learning more about the biblical mandate for the inclusion of LGBT people in the church. We’ve tried to highlight ones with a specifically Reformed perspective. If you would like to suggest a resource, please email us at resources@roomforall.com

A comprehensive list of resources is available at The Institute for Welcoming Resources

We also have a Preaching Helps section for preachers with example sermons and sermon resources for preaching on the issue of inclusion.

Rev. Stacey Midge offers a helpful list of terms associated with gender and sexuality, ABCs of Sexuality
 Updated January 2015.

Rev. Bruce Cornwell, pastor at Community Reformed Church in Colonie, NY, has researched and prepared a series of Bible studies on several key biblical texts, available for download: Bible Studies by Rev. Bruce Cornwell

A 24-page booklet by Dr. Mel White, “What the Bible Says – and Doesn’t Say – About Homosexuality”

A weekly conversation on the scripture lessons of the Revised Common Lectionary offered by The Human Rights Campaign, Out In Scripture

Rev. Norman Kansfield’s letter to Hope College president & trustees March 2011

Rev. Daniel Meeter offers a short essay titled Gay Folks and Dort which examines LGBT inclusion in light of the RCA’s doctrinal standards.

A Time to Seek: Study Guide on Sexual and Gender Diversity offers a concise review of current sociological, public health and scientific data regarding sexual orientation and gender. It also considers key Scriptural passages in light of contemporary understandings of sexual and gender diversity. The guide is designed for individual or group study, with discussion questions aimed at specific religious concerns, such as the interpretation of Scripture, the role of LGBT persons in faith communities, and the recognition of same-sex unions. A Time to Seek: Study Guide on Sexual and Gender Diversity

A collection of worship materials for the Welcoming Church Movement,
A Place in God’s Heart/A Place and Christ’s Table

Short Videos

An excellent resource for small group or church study/discussion, Body and Soul: We Belong is a six-part video series that explores full-inclusion through the lens of six themes central to the Reformed identity. Accompanying it is a downloadable discussion guide (featuring question based on video content, Scripture, and Reformed liturgies or confessions).

Room for Me? is a short video that allows LGBTQ Christians in RCA settings to respond to four questions about their experiences in the church and perceptions of Christ’s Gospel message.

Books

Dr. James Brownson Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary, has written a book that seeks to discern the moral logic that undergirds specific biblical passages that refer to human sexuality.  The book contains an extensive bibliography: Bible, Gender, Sexuality:  Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships.

A book by David G. Myers, Letha Dawson Scanzoni, What God Has Joined Together? : A Christian Case for Gay Marriage

Additional information about this book, including excerpts and interviews can be found on Professor Myers’ website .

Is the Homosexual my Neighbor? by Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? A Positive Christian Response

A novel about friendship, ministry and religious hatred, Lovely Are The Messengers It is written by RCA pastor Daniel Plasman.

By John J McNeill, The Church and the Homosexual He has also written: Taking A Chance On God and Freedom, Glorious Freedom .

By L. William Countryman, Dirt, Greed, and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today

In the fall of 2010, an RCA pastor contacted several colleagues for help with a pastoral response to a family in his parish. He received several suggestions. That list included some of the items already listed; however, here are several more recommended by RCA pastors and friends:

Uncommon Calling – by Chris Glaser.

Same Sex Relationships – a study guide prepared by the UCC.

Curoe, Carol and Robert, editors: Are There Closets in Heaven?: A Catholic Father and Lesbian Daughter Share Their Story [Minneapolis, MN: Syren Book Company, 2007; 196 pp., ISBN 978-0-929636-79-5].

Gold, Mitchell, and Mindy Drucker: Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America [Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group, 2008; 416 pp., ISBN 1929774109].

Tigert, Leanne McCall, and Timothy Brown, editors: Coming Out Young and Faithful [Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2001; 148pp., ISBN 0829814140].

One pastor writes: “Although it’s not specifically a parent book, (consider) Jack Rogers’ book Jesus, The Bible and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church. The author, a straight Presbyterian Professor of Theology, deals with his journey of how he changed his mind about homosexuality being a sin.” A free downloadable study guide is available, as well. Dr. Rogers’ website also contains a list of good LGBT resources, www.drjackrogers.com

Films

For the Bible Tells Me So tells the stories of several Christian families’ journey with a gay and lesbian family member. For the Bible Tells Me So There is now a downloadable study guide available for purchase along with the video.

Seven Passages is a dramatic presentation of actual interviews with 25 LGBT persons, and springs from seven of the biblical texts that are often lifted up as evidence that the Bible denounces homosexuality. Seven Passages The video, and a downloadable study guide are available.

An award-winning documentary aired on public television and other venues, Out in the Silence can be purchased online; a study guide and other publicity materials can be downloaded for free.

A 35-minute film, Lead With Love is for parents of gay children. It is honest, straightforward, inspiring, and includes reference to biblical or theological concerns. This highly recommended video is available for free download on the Lead With Love website.

Fish Can’t Fly is a film that explores the concept of changing ones’ sexual orientation and the lives of gay men and women of faith as they recall their journeys to put their sexuality and spirituality in harmony. Fish Can’t Fly