Out of Exodus

A Journey of Open and Affirming Ministry

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Darryl W. Stephens, Michael I. Alleman
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , February
     202 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Deborah Appler forthcoming.


Biblical and progressive. Mainline and charismatic. Faithful and questioning. This book is not what you think it is. 

The story of the Exodus is told in parallel with testimonies, sermons, and personal reflections from a congregation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, challenging the reader to a journey of faith. Along the way, it becomes clear that open and affirming ministry transcends LGBTQIA+ inclusion. It is also about race relations, poverty, generational change, divorce, immigration, and any other human-created barrier to loving God and neighbor. 

Tools for the journey. Finding a new voice amid profound social change is a difficult and vitally important task. Many congregations and entire denominations are in the process of figuring out how to express a new voice of faith, particularly in our understanding of sexuality and gender. Christians are experiencing nothing less than a holy disruption caused by the Spirit among us. The book concludes with a discussion of challenges to community and ministry. Helpful appendices provide congregational resources and discussion questions for group study. 

The stories in this book include experiences of and with persons in many denominational settings: Roman Catholic, Unitarian-Universalist, Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, Metropolitan Community Church, United Church of Christ, United Brethren, Church of the Brethren, Society of Friends (Quakers), and United Methodist. This is truly an ecumenical journey.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Darryl W. Stephens is Director of United Methodist Studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He is author of Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church's Witness (2016).



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