Respectful LGBT Conversations

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Harold Heie
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , May
     322 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In stark contrast to the shrill and nasty interactions among many Christians regarding contentious LGBT issues, this book models a redemptive mode of engagement by featuring respectful conversations among deeply committed Christians who hold to diverging traditional and non-traditional views. The foundational values guiding these conversations are the quest for truth, giving the gift of love to all brothers and sisters in Christ, and modeling Christian unity. Emerging from these conversations are practical steps for a way forward that include creating safe spaces for ongoing conversation and practicing courageous Christian leadership. Based on case studies for a Christian university and two Christian churches, this book provides helpful advice for navigating conflict within churches, Christian denominations, and Christian educational institutions.

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

Harold Heie is a Senior Fellow at The Colossian Forum. He previously served as Founding Director of the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College (now the Center for Faith and Inquiry) and as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Messiah College and Northwestern College in Iowa after teaching mathematics at Gordon College and the King's College. He holds a PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and served as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice and as a Senior Fellow at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). His publications include Learning to Listen, Ready to Talk: A Pilgrimage Toward Peacemaking (2007), Mutual Treasure: Seeking Better Ways for Christians and Culture to Converse (2009), and Evangelicals on Public Policy Issues: Sustaining a Respectful Political Conversation(2014).


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