Other Voices, Other Worlds: The Global Church Speaks Out on Homosexuality

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  • Copyright: 2006-06-30
  • Publisher: Abingdon Pr
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Leading Anglican writers from around the world challenge the assumption that the communion is split between a liberal 'north' and an orthodox 'south'. Anglican churches worldwide are sharply divided on homosexuality. The dominant stereotype is that of a "global south" unanimously lined up against homosexuality as immoral and sinful, and of a liberal and decadent global north. The differences between the two sides are seen as fundamental, and irreconcilable. Nothing is further from the truth: homosexual behavior exists across the whole Anglican Communion, whether it is openly celebrated or quietly integrated into local churches and cultures. In this extraordinary book, in development for several years, this is exposed as a myth. Christians throughout Africa, Asia, and the developing world - bishops, priests and religious, academics and lay writers - open up dramatic new perspectives on familiar arguments and debates. Topics include biblical interpretation, sexuality and doctrine, local history, sexuality and personhood, the influence of other faiths, issues of colonialism and post-colonialism, homophobia, and the place of homosexual persons in the church. Other Voices, Other Worlds reveals the rich historical and cross-cultural complexity to same-sex relationships, and injects dramatic new perspectives into a debate that has become stale and predictable.

Author Biography

TERRY BROWN is the Bishop of Malaita in the Church of the Province of Melanesia, Solomon Islands, and Convenor of the Anglican Way group of the Anglican Primates' Theological Education for the Anglican Communion Task Force.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1(4)
Terry Brown
1. Lakota Hca
Martin Brokenleg
2. Theology and the Politics of Exclusion: An indigenous woman's perspective
Jenny Plane Te Paa
3. Moana Waves: Oceania and homosexuality
Winston Halapua
4. A Story of its own Name: Hong Kong's Tongzhi culture and movement
Rose Wu
5. The Mythic-Literalists in the Province of Southeast Asia
Leng Lim with Kim-Hao Yap and Tuck-Leong Lee
6. The Struggle to be Human: A reflection on homosexuality in India
Aruna Gnanadason
7. A Spirituality in Christ that Humbles and Transforms
Duleep de Chickera
8. Sexuality and the Church's Understanding of Authority: A response from Japan
Renta Nishihara
9. Muslim Attitudes to Homosexuality
Stuart E. Brown
10. Marching or Stumbling towards a Christian Ethic? Homosexuality and African Anglicanism 129(13)
Kevin Ward
11. Kenya Reflections 142(12)
Esther Mombo
12. Homosexuality and the Churches in Nigeria 154(14)
Rowland Jide Macaulay
13. The Church of Uganda and the Problem of Human Sexuality: Responding to concerns from the Ugandan context 168(11)
Kawuki Mukasa
14. Putting Right a Great Wrong: A Southern African perspective 179(14)
David Russell
15. Dehumanisation from the Periphery 193(15)
Julius Powell, Jr
16. Do not Judge...only Comprehend: The Anglican Communion and human sexuality 208(13)
Pedro Triana
17. Practising Sexual Theology: Undressing sex, pleasure, sin and guilt in colonised mentalities 221(15)
Mario Ribas
18. Homosexuality and the Bible in the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America 236(13)
Humberto Maiztegui
19. Global Intimacy: Money, sex and communion 249(13)
Peter Selby
20. Homosexuality and the Clarity of Scripture: Reflecting with the Archbishop of Sydney 262(13)
Scott Cowdell
21. The Only Thing that Counts: Faith active in love 275(11)
Gertrude Lebans
22. Good and Gay? 286(12)
Duncan B. Forrester
23. The Church of England and Homosexuality: How did we get here? Where do we go now? 298(16)
David Atkinson
24. How shall we Know? 314(17)
Charles Hefling
Afterword Beyond Libertarianism and Repression: The Quest for an Anglican Theological Ascetics 331(8)
Sarah Coakley
List of Contributors 339

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