Ted Grimsrud

“HOMOSEXUALITY”

In September 2016 I published the book Mennonites and “Homosexuality”: The Struggle to Become a Welcoming Church with Peace Theology Books. This is a collection of numerous essays, lectures, and blog posts, many adapted from the pieces linked to below.

Recent ferment in the Mennonite Church USA triggered three blog posts [in four parts]: “Will Mennonite Church USA Survive? Reflections on Three Decades of Struggle” (part 1—February 28, 2014)“Will MC USA Survive?” (part 2)“‘Othering’ and Mennonite Sexuality Struggles” (March 9, 2014); and “How Mennonites Church USA Might Survive: A Fantasy” (March 23, 2014).

My most recent thinking, expanding a presentation given at First Mennonite Church, Canton, Ohio on March 24, 2013. This develops further some of the ideas from my May 2012 blog posts. The overall series is called: “A Biblical Theology of Welcome: Toward an Embrace of Gay Marriage.” Part one: Hospitality.  Part two: Marriage.  Part three: Biblical teaching.

Here is a three part posting from May 2012 that provides my perspective: “A basic Christian argument for affirming gay marriage” (Part I—May 20, 2012; Part II—May 21, 2012; Part III—May 22, 2012).

These are four recent blog posts: “Homosexuality, hiring practices, and the Mennonite confession of faith” (April 30, 2013),   “Jesus and homosexuality: What did he do?” (April 21, 2012), “Jesus and homosexuality, part 2” (April 27, 2012), and “The Mennonite Confession of Faith and homosexuality” (May 9, 2012).

I am privileged to be able to host an excellent research article by recent Goshen College grad, Kelly Miller. She takes a close look at a recent case of a Mennonite conference disciplining a pastor for supporting welcoming gays.

My essay “The Logic of the Mennonite Church USA ‘Teaching Position’ on Homosexuality” has been published in Brethren Life and Thought (volume 55, numbers 1-2), 10-23. It is a slightly revised version of the article I posted on this website July 2010.

The weekend of February 5-7, 2010, I presented three lectures as part of a conversation on homosexuality at Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church.  Here are the three lectures, plus a fourth article where I sketch several of the issues that came up over the weekend that I would address could I give the lectures over again.

(1) The Evolution of My Views

(2) The Biblical Message

(3) Contemporary Issues

(4) Epilogue

I have co-authored a book with Mark Thiessen Nation, Professor of Theology, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where we debate the issue of homosexuality.  Here is a link to information about the book, called, Reasoning Together: A Conversation on Homosexuality.  A fine, online review of the book, by Chris Smith, may be found at the Englewood Review of Books.

Here is a link to my main chapter in this book, “A Theology of Welcome.”

Here is a link to an essay I wrote summarizing the views of both “restrictive” and “inclusive” writers.

Here is the text of my contribution to a “Conversation on Homosexuality” forum at Eastern Mennonite University, February 19, 2009.

This is a quite lengthy and quite critical review of Robert Gagnon’s influential book, The Bible and Homosexual Practice.

Two responses to Willard Swartley’s book, Homosexuality: Biblical Interpretation and Moral Discernment. The first is a fairly lengthy book review; the second includes critical notes made as I was reading and preparing the more formal reveiw.

Here are links to several shorter articles on homosexuality that I published in the Welcome Series of Booklets.

  1. Thank you! I will definitely read it! A pretty hot theme I must say!

  2. […] and shifting views of a straight Mennonite man. You do sometimes use Othering language like “gay issue,” and you frequently use the term “Homosexuality.”  More painful to me, you […]

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  4. Seriously??

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