A Discussion Guide for Personal, Group & Bible Study Use: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the Lgbt Community
Author: Kathy Baldock
Publication Date:April 9, 2016
|SOC012000||Social Science : Gay Studies|
|SOC017000||Social Science : Lesbian Studies|
|REL012110||Religion : Christian Life – Social Issues|
In the original book for which this study guide was created, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Church and the LGBT Community, Baldock uncovers the historical, cultural, medical, and political filters of discrimination through which the LGBT community is seen. With the foundation firmly established, she examines the most controversial filter of all: what the Bible says about same-sex behavior.
The book Walking the Bridgeless Canyon carefully constructs a historical timeline detailing the social, medical, cultural, political, and religious discrimination impacting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. It is well researched and academic, yet highly accessible.
This study guide for individuals and groups is for use with the book Walking the Bridgeless Canyon. It assists in removing the lenses and filters through which we view lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and further, how we interpret the six passages of Scripture related to same-sex behavior.
This nine section discussion and study series is suitable for personal or group study. In each session, participants are assigned between 25-80 pages of reading in the main textbook, followed by five pages of review in this guide, and on average nine related questions.
Anyone can lead the study. Though the material may be frequently challenging, the structure is simple to follow.
Kathy Baldock is the founder and Executive Director of Canyonwalker Connections, whose mission is to help repair the breach between the Christian church and the LGBT community through education, encouragement, and engagement.
She is one of the most vocal advocates for inclusion within the conservative church and the founder of the str8apology movement, bringing LGBT people and straight Christians together at Gay Pride events to reflect the love of Jesus.
She is the mother of two straight adult children, and is honored to serve as a spiritual mother to hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children. Kathy is an ordained minister who lives in Reno, Nevada.
First, let me say Kathy Baldock is as close to an expert in LGBT matters as you will find on the face of the earth. She has no agenda other than to interpret scripture in an honest, God loving, Jesus reflecting way. If you are longing for that breath of fresh air, as I was, this book is for you.
Plain and simple this study guide is a must have for anyone wanting to know the TRUTH about not only what the Bible says, but what it means, about LGBT concerns within the Christian community, as well as secular society as a whole. The book which is the companion for this study guide, as well as the study guide itself is impeccably researched, well thought out, clearly presented and transparently authentic. The purpose of this study guide and the accompanying book is not to put a new spin on biblical interpretation, but to lay out in layman terms an honest interpretation of scripture. An interpretation that is consistent and free from agendas. I challenge anyone who is questioning, or confused about LGBT inclusion to purchase this book and the study guide. Read them and study them and find the freedom, the love and the peace absolute truth offers. After reading this book and using the study guide I suspect you will find there is no reason to spin any interpretation of any scripture. I suspect you will also find that to truly represent Christ and the gospel accurately, full inclusion is the only option available to you. Do yourself a favor and dare to read and study this information Kathy Baldock has spent years researching and putting together. I promise, your life and faith will be made richer for the time you invest.
Darla P. Oconnor on May 5, 2016
I spent decades involved in the Christian pro-family movement, first as a policy analyst for Family Research Council and last as the women’s ministry leader for the now-defunct “ex-gay” ministry Exodus International. If Baldock’s meticulously researched and highly readable book had been written twenty years ago, and I had read about the historical, political, psychological and religious underpinnings of the anti-LGBT movement, I would have questioned whether my involvement in such organizations was truly the will of God, or if it served only to advance patriarchal, misogynistic and homophobic views of humanity. For those who care about someone who is gay, the LGBT community, or are truly looking for answers, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon is indispensable.
–Yvette Cantu Schneider, former policy analyst at Family Research Council, former director of women’s ministry at Exodus International, and author of the book Never Not Broken