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Coming out As Sacrament

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Gay Christian author and activist Chris Glaser believes that sexual minorities, often denied their churches' traditional sacraments, have found unique access to the sacred in their lives: coming out of the closet. Glaser persuasively argues that coming out--as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered--has biblical precedence and sacramental dimensions. Using personal and b ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Paul
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, favorites, theology
This short and powerful book is a must-read for anyone interested in mending the damage done by decades of misunderstanding, abuse and oppression perpetrated on LGBT Christians by their church.

At the time of writing Coming Out as Sacrament, Glaser was a lay minister in the Presbyterian Church, which refused to ordain him because he is openly gay. He's since left the denomination, as many gay, lesbian, bi and trans Christians have been forced to do. His book about the sacredness of coming out as
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Shelby Lynne
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm inflating my rating of this a bit because, though it wasn't as radical/reformative as I'd hoped it would be, and even seems a bit lukewarm following on the heels of Linn Marie Tonstad, I suspect this book would be life-giving for someone more involved in the Church than I am.

As with Tonstad's book, Glaser doesn't waste time on the "legality" debate; he assumes, from page one, that God loves, accepts, celebrates, and creates queer persons. He also does a decent job remembering to include bis
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K Kriesel
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, reference, religion
This book is very basic and would make a decent introduction to becoming an "affirming" church/Christian. Sadly though, this book is primarily for and about white cisgender men. Homophobia and transphobia are tied up in misogyny and white supremacy and yet only the first is tackled. ...more
Sandy
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting look at coming out as a spiritual rite -- "a rite of vulnerability that reveals the sacred in our lives." By making ourselves vulnerable we act to renew our lives and our relationships with our faith communities and God.

I particularly liked the chapter on "Coming out in the Bible" which explains stories in the Bible as "coming out stories" -- not in a sexual sense but in that acceptance of self and vulnerability sense. They included Adam & Eve as coming out of innocence a
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Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
We used this as a book study for our local Ingegrity group. I fully embrace the idea that my sexuality informs my spiritual path and my ministry as I go through this life.
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Chris Glaser is a 1977 graduate of Yale Divinity School. He served as the director of the Lazarus Project, a ministry of reconciliation between the church and the LGBT community, from 1977-1987.

Since then he has published nine best-selling books and contributed to more than a dozen other books. Glaser's writings have appeared in many publications, including Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Atl
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