Thanks so much for engaging in this intersection of faith and sexuality. We're developing an ongoing list of resources to help people who have seen this documentary film, Seventh-Gay Adventists, and want to read and engage more with resources. Our goal has always been to spark a thoughtful and authentic conversation through the lens of real people and real stories about a topic that has been far too often just an abstract debate. We recongize that this is an ongoing conversation in faith communities today in which sincere and committed people disagree, and yet we've seen at our screenings the transformative power of coming together in a safe listening space. The people in our film inspire us that we actually an love each other through challening conversations. Here are some resources we've found helpful. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions you think should be added.
Ask a Gay Christian
(an Interview with Justin Lee)
Another fantastic resource that's a bit of an abbreviated version of Justin Lee's personal story as well as a vision for how Christians can and should interact even if they don't have theological unity around this topic.
An Open Letter to Conservatives
by Daneen Akers
One of the filmmakers of "Seventh-Gay Adventists: A Film About Faith on the Margins" discusses how and why she wishes those who hold a traditional theological view on same-sex relationships could step into unconditional love, even if we continue to have competing theological paradigms in the church.
The Great Debate
Justin Lee, founder of the Gay Christian Network, explains how he moved from being "Side B" (a traditionalist believing that celibacy was the only option for LGBT people who take the Bible seriously) to "Side A" (the revisionist view that believes that the few verses--or the "clobber texts"--in the Bible don't refer to orientation as we understand it today and committed, monogamous unions can be blessed). He's very respectful of traditionalists, as that's how he grew up himself, and the GCN fosters support, worship spaces, and resources for both Side A and Side B gay Christians.
Someone To Talk To
The first open ally in the SDA church over 20 years ago when her son came out as gay and a beloved grandmotherly figure in the LGBT Adventist community, Carrol Grady has a whole series of articles just for Adventists discussing science, gay rights, same-sex marriage, what the Bible says and more. A very good resource specially written for LGBT Adventists and their families. (And she really will be someone to talk to--email her and you will get a response quickly!)
The Sabbath and Same-Sex Marriage
by Kendra Perry
A ground-breaking article about why Adventists of all people should remember that it's unwise to enshrine religious definitions of marriage into state and federal laws. It's a great argument in support of same-sex marriage even if one is theologically a traditionalist on this topic.
A dozen short video profiles of LGBT Adventists to share even more voices.
Dedicated to the memory of a gay Adventist died from suicide during the making of this film, this project is meant to give hope to LGBT Adventists, particularly LGBT youth that it gets better, even in the church. There's a 10-minute and 20-minute version available.
by Walter Wink
One of the most widely cited online pieces about how a serious reading of the Bible can still support committed same-sex relationships.
The Danger of a Single Narrative
by Rachel Held Evans
A beautiful post about why we need to listen to more than just the narratives that fit our pre-existing ideas and why we particularly need to let LGBT voices speak for themselves.
Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community
by Andrew Marin
Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church
by Jack Rogers
Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America
by Jeff Chu
Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
by James Brownson
Stranger at the Gate
What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
My Son, Beloved Stranger by Carrol Grady
Christianity and Homosexuality: Some Adventist Perspectives
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gay vs Christian Debate
by Justin Lee
in addition to Seventh-Gay Adventists, of course! ; ) Most of these are also available on Netflix, iTunes, and other online platforms.
Prayers for Bobby
For the Bible Tells Me So
Trembling Before G-D
Love Free or Die
Just Because He Breathes -- Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son
Crumbs From the Communion Table
(Justin Lee's blog)
Kimberly Knight - On Being Gay and Christian in America
Support and Community
Seventh-day Adventist Kinship
Kinship has been supporting and advocating for LGBTI Adventists and those who love them for over 35 years and has regional chapters all over the world and many private Facebook groups for talking to people who understand exactly what it's like to be both Adventist and LGBT.
Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition
(IAGC) The IAGC is just a few years old, but it's growing quickly. It's the umbrella group for GSAs on Adventist colleges and universities, and they work to promote dialogue, awareness, and support for LGBT students on Adventist campuses. There's a public group and a closed group for additional support.
Gay Christian Network
GCN (Justin Lee, GCN founder is linked above as well) is a support organization for LGBT Christians who are both Side A (believe same-sex unions can be blessed by God) and Side B (believe celibacy is the only option). Their annual conference is a space for worship, networking, and connecting with other LGBT Christians and allies/advocates.
Everyone is Gay
An advice column and more for everything LGBT-related.
Welcoming and Affirming Churches
A database of welcoming and affirming churches. For Adventist churches, additional recommendations are available for Kinship members.
Believe Out Loud
An online community celebrating diversity and affirming historic Christian principles while advocating for full inclusion of LGBT people in faith communities.
Renewed Heart Ministries
A non-profit ministry dedicated to teaching about following Jesus (not just being a Christian) and following the often difficult path of actively enemy love, non-violent non-cooperation, and radical love. Herb Montgomery, an Adventist speaker and author, is the director, and he also helps start Heart Groups, which are modeled on the small/home churches of early Christianity. (Herb's endorsement of the SGA film is the he was "unexpectedly blown away" and "can't recommend it highly enough" for those seeking to follow Jesus.