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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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

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Single Gay Christian

By Greg Coles

In an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles tells his own story.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Eve Tushnet’s Blog

Explore Eve Tushnet’s blog, where she writes about the different paths of love available to gay Christians.

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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 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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