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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic ChurchVoices of Our Times$
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Christine Firer Hinze and J. Patrick Hornbeck II

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256570

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256570.001.0001

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Lord, I Am (Not) Worthy to Receive You

Lord, I Am (Not) Worthy to Receive You

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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Winnie S. Varghese

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, an Episcopalian priest shares what she has learned about sexual diversity and the church through her experiences of growing up as a lesbian Christian woman and, later, of ministering as an ordained priest. Invoking the ancient links between Christian prayer, belief, and practice, she proposes that participating in the liturgical language of the Revised Book of Common Prayer has drawn LGBTQ Episcopalians and their fellow congregants to see better and to embrace more fully their dignity and worth in God’s eyes and thus in their own eyes as well. She acknowledges continuing struggles for the full recognition and participation of LGBTQ Christians in her own church as well as in the Roman Catholic Church. But she sees positive resources for moving forward in Catholics’ and Episcopalians’ shared commitment to honoring the truth as it is disclosed in human realities and as that truth is manifested and encountered in liturgy, especially in the community’s celebration of the Eucharist.

Keywords:   Episcopalian priests, sexual diversity, lesbian Christian woman, LGBTQ Episcopalians

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