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Queer Clergy:
A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism

R. W. Holmen

Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism

Attorney, historian, and novelist, R. W. Holmen brings a unique voice to the conversation of gay clergy in the pulpits.Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism provides a detailed history of the ways in which the United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Methodists, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have dealt with the issue of ordaining gay clergy. Queer Clergy provides an important historical reference for continuing dialogue.

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Praise for Queer Clergy. . .
"Holmen not only tells our movement story to the masses but will also make same-gender loving people aware of a significant but often overlooked part of their own history."
William R. Johnson, first openly gay person ordained to Christian ministry, UCC

"Minority voices within the various Christian churches became leaders in the struggle and bore their witness with courage, integrity and effectiveness. Holmen tells this story in a gripping and fascinating way."—John Shelby Spong, retired, Episcopal bishop


ABOUT THE AUTHOR of Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism

R. W. Holmen holds a JD degree from the University of Minnesota. Holmen volunteered for Goodsoil, an LGBTQ advocacy group and is a member of the Reconciling Works. See CC Blogs for an article by Holmen.


Paperback: 608 pages
Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
ISBN: 978-0-8298-1963-2
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 inches

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