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Embrace Webinar #17 – Wesley Hill
Washed and Waiting: Lessons from the Journey
Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality
By Wesley Hill
Wesley Hill offers wise counsel that is biblically faithful, theologically serious, and oriented to the life and practice of the church. As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God’s “No” to same-sex sexual intimacy.
Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian
By Wesley Hill
Writing with deep empathy and with fidelity to historic Christian teaching, Wesley Hill retrieves a rich understanding of friendship as a spiritual vocation and explains how the church can foster friendship as a basic component of Christian discipleship. He helps us reimagine friendship as a robust form of love that is worthy of honor and attention in communities of faith.
Blog Post on LivingChurch.org
“Why would someone like me want to stay [in the Episcopal Church]? And why am I hoping my progressive fellow Episcopalians find a way to make it possible for me to stay in good conscience and, Lord willing, serve this church as a priest?”
Blog Posts from Wesley Hill on SpiritualFriendship.org
“To the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue. The modern world, in comparison, ignores it.” – C.S. Lewis
Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life
By Ed Shaw
When Christians have same-sex attraction, how should the church respond? Pastor Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to Scripture and the church’s traditional position of fidelity in heterosexual marriage and celibacy in singleness. In this honest book, he shares his pain in dealing with these issues, but at the same time shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full.
Church in Crisis: The Gay Controversy and the Anglican Communion
By Oliver O’Donovan
What if the challenge gay men and women present the church with is not emancipatory but hermeneutic? Suppose that at the heart of the problem there is the magna quaestio…how this form of sensibility and feeling is shaped by its social context and how it can be clothed in an appropriate pattern of life for the service of God and discipleship of Christ?
Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith
By Eve Tushnet
In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching.
WESLEY HILL (Presenter)
Wesley Hill (PhD, University of Durham) is assistant professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and author of the much-discussed Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. He serves on the editorial board for Christianity Today. He also contributes to Books & Culture and First Things. His most recent book is The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father (Lexham, 2019).
MICHELLE SANCHEZ (Facilitator)
Michelle Sanchez is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the ECC. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area, ministered to international students in New York City with Cru, and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an international business degree from New York University (NYU), and certification in spiritual direction from Boston College.
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