Arguments based in doctrine and scripture over the inclusion of homosexual people within Christian congregations and sacraments have done little to persuade the faithful on either side of this debate. Hate is the Sin: Putting Faces on the Debate over Human Sexuality approaches this divisive subject through portraits of the faith of gay and lesbian persons, presents both sides of the controversy, revealing how preformed opinions shape widely divergent interpretations of biblical and theological issues.

Included are the true stories of Mary Albing, serving as a pastor while in a lesbian relationship; Jay Wiesner, whose congregation defied the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by ordaining and installing him in an Extraordinary Candidacy Project ceremony; David Glesne, who sought to heal relationships with gays and lesbians and yet deny them ordination and cohabitation; and other accounts of the ways that many congregations have struggled to welcome homosexual people and to realize the Christian message within their own churches. Hate is the Sin: Putting Faces on the Debate over Human Sexuality is an insightful and detailed account of this contemporary debate and required reading for any person hoping to understand Christianity and the spiritual lives of contemporary Christian people.

chapter 1|8 pages

Where Does the Hate Come From?

chapter 2|8 pages

A Church Ahead of Its Time

chapter 3|8 pages

In the Eyes of God and Our Friends

chapter 4|8 pages

Why Should Jay Wiesner Be a Pastor?

chapter 5|8 pages

Aftermath of Refusal

chapter 6|8 pages

Journey Together Faithfully

chapter 7|8 pages


chapter 8|8 pages

Preparation for Orlando

chapter 10|10 pages

Welcome to Orlando

chapter 11|8 pages


chapter 13|6 pages

Speaking About the Sexuality Resolutions

chapter 14|8 pages

The Calm Before the Next Storm 105

chapter 15|6 pages

A Council Minus the Bishop

chapter 16|8 pages

Evangelical or Not?

chapter 17|8 pages

And Then There Are the Methodists

chapter 18|10 pages

A Visit from the Bishop