Although the belief that Jesus Christ is the One who transcends, heals, and redeems the entire world is at the core of Methodism, many United Methodists differ about what that means when it comes to human sexuality. In Holy Contradictions, six essays written by leading United Methodist authors demonstrate the breadth of perspectives. For instance, Bryan D. Collier writes that the mission of the Church “has gotten lost in our making sexuality matters the litmus test of whether someone actually believes and practices our version of the Gospel.” Audrey Warren states that “the idea that we can have a one-size-fits-all understanding of something as complex as LGBTQ identity is idealistic at best.“ And M. Garlinda Burton says, “God declared from the beginning of time that all people are of sacred worth—period.” For those who are open to what comes next for the people called United Methodists, Holy Contradictions offers challenging, yet respectful viewpoints.
From the Faultlines collection, resources intended to inform conversations around human sexuality and the church.
"Jesus always shows up with people caught in the seams and shadows of life, in the life-altering inversions of life, in the confounding contradictions of life. Jesus taught, preached, blessed, healed, and challenged the status quo from these very platforms. That is what made them holy. Why would we lack any faith that Jesus is now speaking to The UMC, in this moment, through the great contradictions about homosexuality and biblical interpretation reflected in these essays? This is a holy moment. These are holy contradictions. Let us listen. Let us have eyes to see. Let us reflect the best of our holiness tradition—hearts bent toward love and grace." —Bruce R. Ough, President, Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church