Resource Library

Open and Affirming information from the UCC or suggestions from members who found them meaningful

Navigating Difficult Conversations

“5 Ways Forward: Navigating Difficult Conversations”

     created by Everyday Democracy

Everyday Democracy supports organizing across the country by bringing diverse groups of people together, helping them structure and facilitate community dialogue on pressing issues. This video is intended to help communities across the country move conversation into action, and action into lasting positive change.


Discernment 

The Way of Discernment - article by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

 

UCC Discernment through Prayer - Many styles of prayer can support your discernment process. The prayer practices noted here are only a few examples, with specific prayers and prayer descriptions outlined below to encourage you in your discernment.


Links to Many More Resources

UCC Open and Affirming Coalition 

The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome.

 

UCC Resources - Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum

Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

UCC Resources/Collections (store) - LGBTQ

 

The Institute for Welcoming Resources

Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement created IWR in November 2002. The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. IWR wants to help build church homes that are truly welcoming and nurturing, where everyone knows “they're okay, just like they are.” In early 2006, IWR became a program of the National LGBTQ Task Force, through a formal merger.

 

LGBTQ Nation the most followed LGBTQ news source


Intersex and Faith

Working together to support, advocate with, and educate others about intersex people to help faith communities welcome those born outside the male/female binary. We work to fulfill our mission through speaking engagements, workshops, discussion facilitation, writings, a feature length documentary Stories of Intersex and Faith.


Intersex is a broad label for people with differences of sex development (DSDs), people whose bodies show physical characteristics of both male and female.

Stories of Intersex and Faith (trailer)


Recordings from An Open and Affirming Experience (February 27th)

Andy Lang is the Open and Affirming Coalition Executive Director. Kimi Floyd Reisch is the Open and Affirming Coalition Program Minister. Each session is about 2 hours long. 

 

Opening and ONA 201 with Andy Lang (You can skip forward to 4:23).

ONA and the Bible with Andy Lang
Afternoon Panel Discussion on Advocacy with Rev. Jason Carson Wilson

1-to-1 Conversations About ONA and Intro to the ONA Process with Kimi Floyd Reisch

Beyond Binary with Kimi Floyd Reisch
(Unfortunately, the recording of this session failed in the middle. However, the slides from the presentation are available. Click here for a 
PDF of the slides for Beyond Binary.)

Homosexuality and the Bible

     presented by Rev Brent Hawkes

Rev. Brent Hawkes is a retired Canadian pastor of 40 years from Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto. Rev. Hawkes discusses issues that address homosexuality and the Bible. Each video is short 3-5 min.  It would be best to start with video one and watch them in numerical order.


Homosexuality and the Bible, An Introduction 

What does scripture say to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Two-Spirited or Inquiring people and our allies? Is there good news for LGBT people?


Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 2 

What is the Bible? How did politics and thought of the 4th century CE influence the Bible. How did the Emperor Constantine and St. Jerome impact the 66 books that make up the bible?


Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 3

The Christian church has made terrible mistakes about homosexuality. For starters, there are many different versions and translations of the Bible and this becomes important when we look at passages that have been used to condemn GLBT people.


Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 4

If you find this topic interesting, here are some books to consider:

     1. “The New Testament and Homosexuality” by Robin Scroggs

     2. “Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality” by John Boswell

     3. “Is the Homosexual My Neighbour?” by Letha Scanzoni and Virginia Mollencott

     4. “The Church and the Homosexual” and “Taking a Chance on God” by John J McNeil

     5. “Jonathan Loved David” by Tom Horner


Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 5

Does the Bible condemn Homosexuality? Is it a clear cut case, or not? Let’s look at translations of 1 John 4:19 specifically the King James Version (KJV) compared to the Revised Standard Version (RSV). Some thoughts are from Calvin and St. Augustine on the interpretation of the scripture, and some variations are shared within the story of Noah.


Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 6

If the bible condemns homosexuality, is it the same homosexuality we think of today or not? Things change. It's no longer bad to eat shell fish. Women can now wear red. Although Jesus condemned divorce, what sort of divorce did he condemn?


Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 7

This video examines some Bible verses which have been used against LGBT people. Specifically it looks at Deuteronomy 23:17-18 in the King James Version which was published in 1611 and compares it to the more modern scholarship of the Revised Standard Version of 1952. In particular it discusses the original Hebrew usage of the words Gadesh and Gadeshah (male and female temple prostitutes) and the mistranslation of these in the King James Version of the Bible. Similar passages occur in the Bible in 1st Kings 14:22-24 1st Kings 15:12 1st Kings 22:46 and 2nd Kings 23:7 Hebrew illustrations are from The NIV interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament, published by Zondervan 1987. Temple prostitution, of course, has not been practiced for millennia and has nothing to do with adult same sex relationships.


Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 8

The Story of Sodom and Gomorrah is in Genesis 19: 4-11 with a similar story in Judges 19:22. This scripture has been reinterpreted to be used against GLBT people. Sodom was destroyed for its inhospitality to strangers. Much of the misinterpretation of this scripture hinges on the word 'yaddah' to know (here it is v.neydah the second person plural future of yaddah). At most this passage could be interpreted as an admonition agains rape.


Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 9
What does the Bible say about Homosexuality? In this video we look at 2 scriptures which have been misinterpreted and used against LGBT people. Specifically we look at Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13-14



Rev Scott Jones - First Central Congregational Church, Omaha, NE

Thoughts on Resolution 8 (2019) - Faithful and Welcoming Churches