Black, Gay, British, Christian, Queer
The Church and the Famine of Grace
Available for pre-order. Publication date: 30/07/2021.
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If the church is ever tempted to think that it has its theology of grace sorted, it need only look at its reception of queer black bodies and it will see a very different story.
In this honest, timely and provocative book, Jarel Robinson-Brown argues that there is deeper work to be done if the body of Christ is going to fully accept the bodies of those who are black and gay.
A vital call to the Church and the world that Black, Queer, Christian lives matter, this book seeks to remind the Church of those who find themselves beyond its fellowship yet who directly suffer from the perpetual ecclesial terrorism of the Christian community through its speech and its silence.
Preface and Acknowledgements xiii
1 .‘This is Our Story, This is Our Song!’ 13
2. Grace Enough for Thousands? 46
3. Grace Crucified 61
4. Grace and Queer Black Bodies 92
5. ‘I’m tired of this Church!’ 132
Appendix: Sustaining Grace: Seated at the Right Hand of Zaddy 168
"A liberation theology for the twenty-first century. Jarel's black queer Christian voice challenges the straight white church with a call to overturn its long history of racism and homophobia - and to embrace love, diversity, inclusion and equality for all. Bravo!" -- Peter Tatchell
"Jarel Robinson-Brown's book is a deceptively simple text. Either grace is free and unmerited for all people or else it isn't grace. This is not new, and yet, as my friend's wonderful book demonstrates, for LGBTQI people, the church has too often offered a polluted and debased model of Christianity that has corrupted the very notion of grace. Partial or conditional grace is an oxymoron. Jarel Robinson-Brown's book is a bold restatement for the rich traditions of an inclusive and generous faith that mirrors the joyous grace of Jesus Christ, in whose name Christianity proclaims her truth." -- Anthony Reddie, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford
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