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Exile or Embrace?: Congregations Discerning Their Response to Lesbian and Gay Christians

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Exile or Embrace?: Congregations Discerning Their Response to Lesbian and Gay Christians

By Mahan Siler [The Pilgrim Press]

This book is a helpful guide for pastors and congregations asking such questions as: "How will we as a congregation be in covenant with our gay members?," and "How will we respond to homosexuals outside the church?"

Part One tells the story of Siler's congregation's struggle and growth as it pondered whether to become openly welcoming of gay and lesbian Christians. Part Two assists congregational leaders in discerning how and when to engage in this congregational conversation. Part Three is a study guide outlining seven sessions to shape the congregational conversation and discernment.

MAHAN SILER is the retired senior pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, a BPFNA Partner Congregation. He has written several articles on the topic of congregational response to gay and lesbian persons, and has been a consultant to leadership of six congregations who have entered into this dialog within their churches.

Paperback, 192 pages


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