Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness: Same-Sex Love and the Church, by Savitri Hensman
The question of Christians affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continues to be challenging for some in the churches – while onlookers are baffled or angry at what seems to be the persistence of religious prejudice and bigotry. In this book, Savi Hensman, who has long wrestled with these questions practically and theologically, seeks to demonstrate that the central resources of the Christian tradition make change possible, desirable and indeed necessary. Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness examines the major shift in thinking on sexuality among Christians that has taken place over the past hundred years. It explores the groundbreaking work of theologians, church historians and other writers. Delving beneath the surface of recent ecclesiastical conflicts, the book looks at how churches can, and do, live with disagreement. It proposes a positive way forward in handling divisions over sexuality.
Savitri Hensman is a trustee of Inclusive Churh. She is a writer and commentator on Christianity, sexuality and social justice. She works in the care and equalities sector, and was born in Sri Lanka.