Founded in 2001, the Gay Christian Network (GCN) is a nonprofit Christian ministry dedicated to building bridges and offering support for those caught in the crossfire of one of today’s most divisive culture wars. The ministry lists a multitude of resources for pastors and churches looking to reach out to LGBT members of their congregation and the community at large.
Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento, gives Scriptural interpretation to passages in the Bible from which most conservative Christians base their beliefs about homosexuality. Dr. Baker offers a breakdown from a cultural perspective of these most troubling verses for Christian conservatives.
Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, founded The Reformation Project which, “exists to train Christians to support and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Through building a deep grassroots movement, we strive to create an environment in which Christian leaders will have the freedom to take the next steps toward affirming and including LGBT people in all aspects of church life.”
Kathy Baldock, an evangelical Christian since 1984, developed a heart for the LGBT community after befriending a lesbian woman over a two year period. She soon realized that what she had been taught about the LGBT community in church and what she was experiencing through her friendship didn’t add up. Kathy, an engineer major in college, began researching how and why the church came to believe what it does about LGBT people and soon found herself confronting the misconceptions and misinformation in the faith she loves. She is the author of “Walking the Bridgeless Canyon,” which documents the historical, cultural, psychological and scriptural underpinnings of attitudes toward homosexuality in the church.
Before you talk about LGBT issues in your church…there are some things you should know.