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Stumbling Blocks and Stepping-Stones is about the long overdue need for an honest dialogue, one that must be allowed, encouraged, and fostered. This book serves as a great resource for studying the complex issues and provides ideas and possibilities theologically and socially.
This two-volume publication vigorously examines Mormonism’s long struggle with those it has traditionally deemed as sexually and gender transgressive — its LGBTI members. It emboldens Latter-day Saints and fellow LGBTIs, believing or disaffected, to dialogue with one another and consider the very real possibility of their full acceptance within the beloved faith community.
Mormon Alliance founding member and the book's editor, Lavina Fielding Anderson says:
In late summer 2016 came what I think is a major step forward in the dialogue that we've hoped (against pretty daunting odds) can happen between the church and the lgbti community.
The Mormon Alliance published a 800-page two-volume book that Duane Jennings has been working on since 1998. Check-out the table of contents of each chapter, so you can get a good idea of the ground it covers.
I think it makes five enormous contributions:
(1) it analyzes the "clobber scriptures" -- those most frequently used to end conversations on the topic -- drawing on a broad spectrum of Jewish, Christian, and academic scholars. Duane provides connatural context and reasonable interpretations that broaden the discussion beyond "because God said so."
(2) It provides a stimulating overview of scientific research on homosexuality in nature (severely undercutting the "homosexuality isn't natural" argument), what's currently known about the causes/influence on homosexuality, and the history of homophobia that has brought us to our current position.
(3) It argues, persuasively, in my opinion, for ways in which the gospel can and does (and the church could and should) include lgbti members in full fellowship.
(4) The longest section--part 4--provides a history of interactions between the church and its lgbti members. Because of my love for history, this is my favorite section, even though a lot of it seems like "baby step forward, giant step backwards," especially now.
(5) Duane's tone models a combination of compassion, serious scholarship, and firmly founded discipleship that should be elements that govern how the dialogue can and should be conducted.
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New 2019 Podcast interview by South African fiction writer Peter van der Walt posted on Rowdy Parrot YouTube station on June 13, 2019. Peter describes “Stumbling Blocks and Stepping-Stones,” as "two volumes of comprehensive, powerful and solid information for those navigating living an authentic faith."
Meet Author Duane Jennings “Stumbling Blocks and Stepping-Stones.” time 8:43
Read More “Stumbling Blocks and Stepping-Stones.” time 8:25
OLD PODCAST INTERVIEWS
Interview with Gina Colvin on "A Thoughtful Faith" podcast (Posted in August 2018).
In this conversation, we consider (notwithstanding current LDS policy) an LDS queer theology through the Wesleyan Quadrilateral of scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
Mormon Mental Health posted a podcast interview with Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT. (Posted in summer 2017).
Sunstone Presentation in 2016 - symposium recording
"Stumbling Blocks And Stepping Stones Including Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender And Intersex Children Of God In The Lds Plan Of Salvation."
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