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Behavioral Covenants in Congregations: A Handbook for Honoring Differences (book).
Gilbert R. Rendle. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 1999.
Offers congregations an approach to managing their differences with maturity and respect. Provides modules for developing behavioral covenants in various group settings.

Caught in the Crossfire: Helping Christians Debate Homosexuality (book).
Sally B. Geis, and Donald E. Messer, editors. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1994.
Demonstrating the "Christian art of disagreeing in love," contributors to this essay collection present differing perspectives on sexuality.

Congregations Talking About Homosexuality: Dialogue on a Difficult Issue (book).
Beth Ann Gaede, editor. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 1998.
Seeking to help congregations "become places where people can talk about homosexuality in a helpful and respectful manner," this book presents the stories of seven congregations that struggled with welcoming and affirming sexual minorities.

Difficult Conversations: Taking Risks, Acting with Integrity (book).
Katie Day. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 2001.
Day urges congregations to move beyond superficiality and to have difficult conversations, out of which they can grow in understanding and faith.

Does God Belong in the Bedroom? (book).
Rabbi Michael Gold. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society, 1992.
Drawing upon the Torah, the Midrash, the rabbinic teachings of the Talmud, and other sources Rabbi Gold presents a Jewish perspective on sexual ethics. A website posts Rabbi Gold's weekly reflections and teachings (http://www.heartfelt.com).

Faithful Conversation: Christian Perspectives on Homosexuality (book).
James M. Childs, Jr., editor. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2003.
Commissioned by a group of Lutheran (ELCA) seminary presidents, this book explores homosexuality through many facets of Christian faith.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) (organization).
http://www.pflag.org/
A national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and almost 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office, located in Washington, DC, the national Board of Directors and 14 Regional Directors.

Homosexuality and Religion (website).
http://hirr.hartsem.edu/research/ resesrch_homosexuality_religion.html
From the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, materials representing a wide range of viewpoints and links to mainline church and other informational websites.

Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate (book).
Jeffrey S. Siker, editor. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1994.
Explores the religious debate on homosexuality through reflections on Scripture, tradition, moral and scientific reasoning. Appendix lists denominational statements on homosexuality from the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church.

Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian or Gay and Jewish (book).
Christie Balka, and Andy Rose, editors. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1991.
Chronicles the spiritual journeys of those who have named and claimed both a Jewish and a gay identity. Includes personal accounts, scriptural and liturgical discussion, tools for Jewish educators, a glossary, annotated bibliography, and list of relevant resources.

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