4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers
"What do I do when a teenager comes out to me? How do I respond in a way that’s helpful rather than creating additional problems?" One of the four contributors to this book is Gemma Dunning, a London based Baptist minister, who will be speaking at the book's launch in Newport.
The church has a notorious record of making LGBTQ teenagers feel judged and isolated. So this is a book that aims to equip church workers to adopt a better approach. It is based on practical experiences.
As one reviewer puts it, "This book assumes that as people created in the image of God, every church has a divine calling to minister to LGBTQ teens. This book is not a theological debate, rather, it is a presentation of a range of approaches to practical ministry with young people."
Gemma Dunning,(pictured) is one of the authors of this US published book. She is a Baptist minister in London and a trustee of Affirm, a network of Baptist Christians working together for LGBT+ inclusion. She will be joined by two other guests addressing the book launch in Newport at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th May in the Tiny Rebel bar.
The other speakers are Delyth Liddell, a Methodist minister in Cardiff, and Father John Connell, from the inclusive and affirming parish of Rumney.
The full title of the book is: 4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers: Effective Ministry to Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, and Questioning Students Among Us. It is already available as a Kindle download from Amazon and the paperback should be in bookshops following UK publication in May 2018. Copies will be available for sale at the Newport launch on 15h May for £11.99.