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   Theological/ Ethical Articles

Malcolm Boyd, "Was Jesus Gay?” Advocate: Dec 4, 1990; # 565, p. 90.
The denial of Jesus' sexuality has led the church to create an unholy abyss between the human
body and the soul.

J. Michael Clark, "Phenomenology & Prophecy, Victimization & Transformation: further
Notes on Gay Ethics," The Journal of Men's Studies, vol. 4, # 3, 1996, pp. 263-279.
Clark espouses a pro-feminist, embodied gay ethics.

Katheleen E. Corely & Karen J. Torjessen, "Sexuality, Hierarchy, and Evangelicalism,"
Theological Students Fellowship, vol. 10, # 4, 1987, pp. 23-27.
Authors report on the Seventh Plenary Conference of Evangelical Women's Caucus
International's debate over homosexuality, pointing out that all arguments against homosexuality are
rooted in a theological definition of sexuality at the beginning of the Christian movement.

Kenneth L. Cuthbertson, "Coming Out/Conversion: An exploration of Gay Religious
Experience, “The Journal of Men's Studies, vol. 4, # 3, 1996, pp. 193-207.
Cuthbertson notes that Christianity has a poor track record with sexuality and the need for coming
out rituals.

Tom F. Driver, "Sexuality and Jesus," Union Quarterly Review, vol. 20, # 3. 1965, pp.235-246.
Driver combats the erotophobic constructions of Jesus.

Elias Farajaje-Jones, "Breaking Silence: Toward an In-the-Life Theology,' in Black
Theology, Vol. II, ed. by James H. Cone & Gayraud S. Wilmore, Maryknoll, Orbis Books,
1993, pp. 139-159.
Excellent article that speaks from an African-American bisexual perspective.

Sean Gill, "Odd but Not Queer: English Liberal Protestant Theologies of Human Sexuality and the
Gay Paradigm," Theology & Sexuality, # 3, 1995, pp. 48-57.
Challenges the hierarchies of genital sexuality and questions whether liberal Protestantism has the
flexibility to liberate and transform its understanding of human sexuality.

Robin Gorsline, "Let Us Bless Our Angels: A Feminist-Gay-Male-Liberation," in Redefining
Sexual Ethics, ed. by Susan E. Davies & Eleanor H. Haney, Cleveland, The Pilgrim Press,
1991, pp. 43-56.
Gorsline provides a critical reading of the Sodom and Gomorrah and Gibeah stories, linking them to
pervasive heterosexist ideology.

Robin Gorsline & Daniel T. Spencer, "Putting Our Bodies on the Line: Markers for Justice;
Continuing the Conversations between Lesbians and Gay Men in Religion, “The Journal of Men's
Studies, vol. 4, # 3, 1996, pp. 291-309.
Gorsline and Spencer examine the particularities of lesbian and gay experience and how they may
share a praxis for justice.

Robin Gorsline, "From the Body on the Cross: A Gay Man's Reflections on Passion and
Crucifixion," in Men's Bodies, Men's God's, ed. by Bjorn Krondorfer, New York, New York
University Press, 1996, pp. 125-145.
Gorsline develops his theological reflections on the body of Christ on the cross, race, and eroticism.
A wonderful provocative essay.

Robert E. Goss, "Erotic Contemplatives and Queer Freedom Fighters," The Journal of
Men's Studies, vol. 4, # 3, 1996, pp. 243-262.
Goss furthers his exploration of queer Christology and the practice of justice.

Robert E. Goss, "Insurrection of The Polymorphously Perverse: Queer Hermeneutics," in A
Rainbow of Religious Studies, Vol. VII, ed. by J. Michael Clark & Robert E. Goss, Las
Colinas, Monument Press, 1996, pp. 9-32.
Goss explores the issues and problems surrounding the application of queer hermeneutics to
historical texts.

Michael J. Hartwig, "Galileo, Gene Researchers and the Ethics of Homosexuality,"
Theology & Sexuality, no. 1, 1994, pp. 106-111.
Hartwig argues that the church is chasing away gays/lesbians with strong faith commitments who
have the capacity to help it move through a paradigm shift in sexual ethics.

Daniel Helminiak, "The Trinitarian Vocation of the Gay Community," in Christian
Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender, ed. by Adrian Thatcher & Elizabeth Stuart, Grand
Rapids, Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1996, pp. 318-327.
Helminiak notes the vocation of the gay community to reflect the egalitarian and inclusive nature of
the trinity.

Carter Heyward, "Heterosexist Theology: Being above It All," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion,"
vol. 3, # 1, 1987, pp. 29-38.
Heyward analyzes the heterosexist theology of Tillich as model of sacred contempt.

Renee L. Hill, "Who Are We for Each Other?: Sexism, Sexuality, and Womanist Theology,"
in Black Theology, Vol. II, ed. by James H. Cone & Gayraud S. Wilmore, Maryknoll,
Orbis Books, 1993 pp. 345-351.
Hills connects lesbian, womanist spirituality to sexuality.

Grace M. Jantzen, "Off the Straight and Narrow: Towards a Lesbian Theology," Theology
& Sexuality, # 3, 1995, pp. 58-76.
A wonderful transgressive essay, challenging heterosexist categories of God and theology.

Jay Johnson, Constructing the Common Ground: Mapping the Contributions of Gay
People to Christian Theology," in A Rainbow of Religious Studies, Vol. VII, ed. by J.
Michael Clark & Robert E. Goss, Las Colinas, Monument Press, 1996, pp. 55-80.
Johnson presents a constructive critique of gay theology to formulate a map for gay
Christian theology.

Ronald E. Long, "The Sacrality of Male Beauty and Homosex: A Neglected in Factor in the
Understanding of Contemporary Gay Reality," The Journal of Men's Studies, vol. 4, #
3, 1996, pp. 225-242.
Long critiques gay theology and describes what he envisions as an indigenous gay theology.

Mary Hunt, "On Religious Lesbians: Contradictions and Challenges," in Homosexuality,
Which Homosexuality?, London, GMP Publishers, 1989, pp. 97-112.
Hunt articulates the emerging lesbian challenge to the Christian community.

Jim McManus, "The Messianic Reason of Theology in a Lesbian and Gay Context: A
Statement of Faith," Theology & Sexuality, no. 5, 1996, pp. 76-96.
McManus develops a messianic, sexual theology for gays/lesbians.

Guy Menard, Gay Theology, Which Gay Theology?, in Homosexuality, Which
Homosexuality?, London, GMP Publishers, 1989, pp. 127-138.
Calls for the hermeneutical use the text of homosexual experience to liberate and interpret Christian
theology.

Norman Pittenger, "What it Means to be Human?" in Towards a Theology of Gay
Liberation, ed. by Malcolm Marcourt, London, SCM Press, 1977, pp. 83-90.
Noted theologian argues that gay liberation is human liberation.

Kathy Rudy, "Queer Theory & Feminism," in A Rainbow of Religious Studies, ed. by J.
Michael Clark & Robert E. Goss, Las Colinas, Monument Press, 1996, pp. 81-102.
Rudy outlines the potentialities and the dangers of queer theory for feminist lesbian
studies.

Xavier J. Seubert, "The Sacramentality of Metaphors: Reflections on Homosexuality," Cross
Currents, vol. 41, # 1, 1991, pp. 52-68.
Seubert develops a sacramental reflection on homosexual experience and the church.
One of the best Catholic articles.

Claudia Schippert, "Embodied Power, Queer Sex," in A Rainbow of Religious Studies, ed.
J. Michael Clark & Robert E. Goss, Dallas, Monument Press, 1996, pp. 103-118.
Schippert critiques Heyward and Harrison on their erasure of female-sadomasochists and
creation of the other.

Jeffrey S. Siker, "How to Decide? Homosexual Christians, the Bible and Gentile Exclusion",
Theology Today, July 1994, pp.?????
Siker compares homosexuality to the conflicts which the Jewish Christians had in
accepting Gentiles into the church.

Daniel T. Spencer, "From Dislocation to Eco-Location: The Concept of Ecological
Location and Autobiography as the Starting Point for Critical Reflection in a
Liberationist Ecological Ethic," in A Rainbow of Religious Studies, ed. J. Michael Clark &
Robert E.Goss, Dallas, Monument Press, 1996, pp. 120-138.
Spencer calls for a dislocation of gay theology into ecological perspective.

Michael L. Stemmler, "Empowerment: The Construction of Gay Religious Identities," in
Men's Bodies, Men's God's, ed. by Bjorn Krondorfer, New York, New York University
Press, 1996, pp. 94-107.
Stemmler provides a constructive theology out of gay experience.

Alison Webster, "Revolutionizing Christian Sexual Ethics: A Feminist Perspective," in
Christian Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender, ed. by Adrian Thatcher & Elizabeth
Stuart, Grand Rapids, Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1996, pp.274-278.
Webster analyzes heterosexuality as a political institution founded upon an ideology of
differences.

Robert Williams, "Re-Visioning Christianity for Radical Gay Men and Lesbians",
Christopher Street Mar 1990; vol. 13, # 1, pp. 23-27,
Good article. Williams integrates vision of being gay and Christian.

Nancy Wilson, "Queer Culture and Sexuality as Virtues of Hospitality," in Our Families,
Our Values: Snapshots of Queer Kinship, ed. by Robert E. Goss & Amy Adams Squires
Strongheart, New York, Haworth Press, 1997.
Wilson plays on the notion of hospitality/inhospitality to explore the violence against
queers because of their failure to conform to narrow definitions of family.
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