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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: Electronic Version

Edited by LeDayne McLeese Polaski & Millard Eiland
Second Edition edited by Cody J. Sanders
360 pages

Developed to assist clergy and lay leaders in leading a healthy and respectful congregational dialogue on the most difficult task of discernment facing the church in our time, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth features wisdom distilled from 13 congregations who have undertaken this dialogue. Other materials include articles focused on Bible study and theological reflection, as well as scientific/medical and psychological studies. Stories from gay and lesbian Christians and their families are included, as well as from congregations who have struggled with the questions of sexual orientation and Christian faith. An extensive annotated bibliography encourages further exploration.


“Rightly Dividing was a groundbreaking resource when first published in 2000 and now, 13 years later, it is even better. Not only does it offer churches the words and wisdom of what amounts to an entire speaker’s bureau, it enables those seeking answers to hear the voices of women and men who have waited far too long for their church families to really mean it when they sing 'Just As I Am.' Rightly Dividing has changed lives and saved lives.”

-Peggy Campolo; Speaker, Editor and Advocate
for those children of God who happen not to be straight

"This is an entire library including every possible question you may have about homosexuality...: homosexuality and the Bible, theology, spirituality, science and psychology. But this library also includes deeply moving true stories from individuals, families and congregations whose experiences will inspire and inform your own personal journey and articles, meditations and sermons by courageous and creative voices speaking truth to the flood of anti-homosexual untruth from the Christian right."

-Rev. Dr. Mel White; Co-founder of Soulforce,
Author of Stranger at the Gate: to be Gay and Christian in America

"A collection of some of the most intellectually seasoned and spiritually vibrant leaders of our time. The day has come for religious organizations, as well as various governing bodies to swing open the doors to LGBTQ women and men and welcome us all into full participation at all levels of our common life. These essays show why the time is now."

-Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward; Episcopal priest and Professor Emerita of Theology
Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge MA

"The revised edition of Rightly Dividing...address[es] some of the most prevalent concerns LGBTQ persons face in our society today. Essays on anti-LGBTQ bullying, suicide and hate-crime murder will invigorate dialogue, even in historically affirming faith communities, about 'what's next' for congregations working toward justice for LGBTQ people."

-Sharon Groves, PhD, Director of The Human Rights Campaign
Religion and Faith Program

"While continuing to be grounded in biblical scholarship and contemporary theology, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth brings a refreshing approach to issues of human sexuality that many of our congregations are currently facing all across the country. With greater visibility of openly LGBT individuals in our pews and pulpits, congregations will find this resource extraordinarily valuable to conducting honest and thought-proving sacred conversations with their members."

-Rev. Steven C. Baines, Director of Religious Outreach
Americans United for Separation of Church and State

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