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Download or Read eBook Heavy Burdens PDF written by Bridget Eileen Rivera and published by Brazos Press. This book was released on 2021-10-26 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Heavy Burdens
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Publisher : Brazos Press
Total Pages : 224
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ISBN-10 : 9781493432677
ISBN-13 : 1493432672
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Book Synopsis Heavy Burdens by : Bridget Eileen Rivera

Book excerpt: Religious faith reduces the risk of suicide for virtually every American demographic except one: LGBTQ people. Generations of LGBTQ people have been alienated or condemned by Christian communities. It's past time that Christians confronted the ongoing and devastating effects of this legacy. Many LGBTQ people face overwhelming challenges in navigating faith, gender, and sexuality. Christian communities that uphold the traditional sexual ethic often unwittingly make the path more difficult through unexamined attitudes and practices. Drawing on her sociological training and her leadership in the Side B/Revoice conversation, Bridget Eileen Rivera, who founded the popular website Meditations of a Traveling Nun, speaks to the pain of LGBTQ Christians and helps churches develop a better pastoral approach. Rivera calls to mind Jesus's woe to religious leaders: "They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them" (Matt. 23:4). Heavy Burdens provides an honest account of seven ways LGBTQ people experience discrimination in the church, helping Christians grapple with hard realities and empowering churches across the theological spectrum to navigate better paths forward.


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