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Recommended Reading

General Convention, proposed liturgies for same-gender blessings, and theological basis

Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of The Episcopal Church, “The Witness and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” “I Will Bless you, and You Will Be a Blessing.”http://houseofdeputies.org/blessingexcerpts

General Convention website – http://generalconvention.org/gc

Diocese of Southern Virginia link to General Convention http://www.diosova.org/home/article322741c5295322.htm

The Book of Common Prayer, especially the marriage ceremony (422ff.) and the catechism or Outline of the Faith (844 ff.)

The Living Church: biweekly publication with news and views of the Episcopal Church and wider Anglican Communion whose mission is “to support and promote the Catholic and,” evangelical faith of the one Church, to the end of visible Christian unity throughout the world), especially January 29, 2012.

The Windsor Report: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/windsor2004/

The report of the Lambeth Commission, convened by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, on the nature of unity within the Anglican Communion in light of the controversy over same-gender unions.

Preliminary Bibliography

Robin Scroggs, The New Testament and Homosexuality: Contextual Background for Contemporary Debate (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1983).

John Boswell, Christianity, Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), 98.

Rowan Williams, “The Body’s Grace,” in Our Selves, Our Souls and Bodies: Sexuality and the Household of God, ed. Charles Hefling (Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 1996), 58-68.

Geoffrey S. Bromiley, God and Marriage (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1980).

Margaret Gill, Free to Love: Sexuality and Pastoral Care (New York: Harper, 1984).

Lewis Smedes: Sex for Christians: The Limits and Liberties of Sexual Living (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000).

Bruce Bawer, A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994).

Mary Stewart van Leewen, Gender and Grace: Love, Word, and Parenting in a Changing World (Downer’s Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1990, 224-27.


Sources on the Apostolic Preaching of the Resurrection

I recommend the following, which I found helpful while preparing my Eastertide peaching series on the message of the resurrection as recorded in Peter’s sermons in the Acts of the Apostles.

Rowan Williams, Resurrection : Interpreting the Easter Gospel, revised edition (Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2002).

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lenten lectures to clergy in the East End of London in the early 1980s; examines the narrative patterns of the biblical passages on the resurrection as indicators of how Jesus is alive and present tin the church today.

Paul Minear, “The Clarifying Event,” in To Die and to Live: Christ’s Resurrection and Christian Vocation (New York: Seabury, 1977), pp. 39-65.

A discussion of Peter’s sermon in Acts 3 and the passion/resurrection as three distinct actions: an act of murder, an act of resurrection, and an act of testimony.

A. M. Ramsay, The Resurrection of Christ: An Essay in Biblical Theology (London: Bles, 1962).

The former Archbishop of Canterbury surveys the central biblical texts on the resurrection and discusses the implications for Christian belief and practice.

Charles Austin Perry, The Resurrection Promise: An Interpretation of the Easter Narratives (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986).

The Episcopal Provost of Washington Cathedral examines the resurrection appearance of Jesus; includes four sermons.

Hans-Georg Geyer, “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A Survey of the Debate in Present Day Theology,” in The Significance of the Message of the Resurrection for Faith in Jesus Christ, ed. C. F. D. Moule, Studies in Biblical Theology: Second Series (Naperville, Ill.: Allenson, 1968), 105-35.

A survey of the state of play in academic theology regarding the resurrection.