Resources & Information

A message from Hope

First and foremost: we at Hope UMC wish vocalize the fact that all identities, orientations, and bodies are created in the image of the Divine. We are here to affirm, support, and empower you to live your true and authentic life. You are holy. You are loved. You are simply amazing!

For decades, religion and faith has been utilized as a tool of oppression against LGBTQIA+ individuals. This is a vial and evil use of power that should be denounced by institutions of love and grace. We also recognize that the path of unpacking the past and rebuilding new understandings of faith is hard and tiring. In the age of endless Google results and countless hours of podcasts, finding a place to start can feel overwhelming.

For this reason, we have compiled a list of affirming resources written to help LGBTQIA+ Folks and their loved ones find the Divine within their newly (or not so newly) recognized identities.

Conversation and Connection...

The very first resource is us! Whether you are closeted, newly out, have been out for years, or wish to be a better ally, Jennie, Cara, and Isaac are here to talk with you! You can find our contact info here!

The following are podcasts, websites, faith leaders, and books that could be useful to people of all stages of coming out and allyship. 

A Place to Start...

What Does The Bible Say About Homosexuality? // Rev. Matt Miofsky

https://youtu.be/0JogH3vsfR4 

Alan Chambers

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/the-man-who-dismantled-the-ex-gay-ministry/408970/ 

https://youtu.be/eHMG5qrZamE 

Rachel Held Evans

https://rachelheldevans.com/blog/lgbtq 

Adam Hamilton

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Hamilton_(pastor) 

https://youtu.be/5aapRVzx7lY 

https://www.amazon.com/When-Christians-Get-Wrong-Revised/dp/1426775237 

https://www.amazon.com/When-Christians-Get-Wrong-DVD/dp/1501800140 

https://www.amazon.com/Making-Sense-of-Bible-audiobook/dp/B00I8NM1K8 

The Biblical Case for LGBTQ Inclusion - The Reformation Project

https://reformationproject.org/biblical-case/ 

Matthew Vines~God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships

https://youtu.be/gmp6lLct-fQ 

https://www.amazon.com/God-and-Gay-Christian-audiobook/dp/B00JDL897I 

Vicky Beeching: 'I knew I was gay when I was 13' 

https://youtu.be/i_U8T-vY6hU 

https://www.amazon.com/Undivided-Vicky-Beeching-audiobook/dp/B07CHPS7T2 

Richard Rohr

https://cac.org/themes/gender-and-sexuality/ 

https://cac.org/identity-and-desire-2017-11-09/ 

David Gushee

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_P._Gushee 

Changing Our Minds | David Gushee

https://youtu.be/7oO81hxbmGM 

https://www.amazon.com/Changing-Our-Mind-Definitive-Christians/dp/1942011849 

Susan Cottrell-Freed Hearts


https://youtu.be/9f6NP9cfOWI 

https://www.freedhearts.org/ 

https://www.youtube.com/user/stcottrell 

Listen on Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/freedhearts/id1533444664 

Justin Lee

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Lee_(activist) 

https://www.amazon.com/Torn-Justin-Lee-audiobook/dp/B00CRMOLJA 

https://www.amazon.com/Talking-Across-Divide-Communicate-Disagree/dp/0143132709 

Gender Revolution, Katie Couric

https://youtu.be/J6Gc3DdlJmc 

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children

https://www.amazon.com/Transitions-Heart-Struggle-Acceptance-Transgender/dp/B00AFFFP64 

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

https://www.amazon.com/Transgender-101-Nicholas-Teich-audiobook/dp/B07HS25DRT 

Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians

https://www.amazon.com/Transforming-Bible-Lives-Transgender-Christians/dp/0664263100 

Meet the Transgender NCAA Swimmer from Harvard | Identify

https://youtu.be/niBM3Ii662U 

https://www.youtube.com/c/pinkmantaray 

We are a faith community learning more and more every day to honor the sacred worth inherent in each and every one of us.  People of every race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, age and background, ability and disability, theological and political conviction are invited to be a real part of the church. We are a fully inclusive church and celebrate the gifts of diverse Christians—lesbian, gay, same gender loving, straight, bisexual, transgender, queer—in every part of our life together, including lay, staff, and pastoral leadership.

Dear God, as Hope Church we pray that this is a place where absolutely everyone experiences God's love, we are a place of theological thought and conversation, and we are a community learning to live Christ-centered lives. Amen.