"An authentic moralization of social life will never be possible unless it starts with people
and has people as its point of reference."
| Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church 134 |
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Your best friend
Your favorite student
Your old friend from high school
So we pulled together a few things you might like.
COMPANIONS ON THE JOURNEY
The following individuals - with their books, blogs, and speaking engagements - represent a variety of perspectives from their own experience. All the writers below are Christians affirming a traditional sexual ethic. With the exception of several collectives, they are listed in alphabetical order.
Film featuring three stories
Film featuring stories & Catholic doctrine
Ecumenical blogging collective
Canadian Writer & Speaker
Author of Single, Gay and Christian
Blogger & author of I Desired You
Co-Founder of Spiritual Friendship, author of Washed and Waiting and Spiritual Friendship
Speaker & author of Why I Don't Call Myself Gay
Author of In Pursuit: Confession of a Gay Catholic Teenager
Blogger & author of Experience Me
Speaker & author of Gay & Catholic
Podcast & online community
These organizations offer opportunities for connections, community, and personal growth for people experiencing same sex desires. Several are geared towards family, friends, and/or ministry workers. These organizations are listed in alphabetical order.
A Roman Catholic apostolate offering retreats, conferences, and regional support groups, as well a parent's ministry, Encourage
Resources and workshops for families and ministry leaders
Pastoral support for parents rooted in a Roman Catholic perspective
Intensive sexual integrity local support group series, Biblically-based.
Biblically-based small group ministry based in the St. Louis area
Biblically-based resources for families and ministry leaders
Counseling and psychological resources from a traditional Christian perspective
Biblically-based resources for youth workers
Inter-denominational Christian conference
Ongoing formation in anthropology and sexuality
THEOLOGICAL & PASTORAL RESOURCES
We believe there are doctrinal truths that are a settled matter. However, the best ways to invite other people from a variety of backgrounds to encounter these truths are a matter of robust conversation in the Christian space. These resources are subdivided by source and topic.
A 1986 document from the Roman Catholic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
A 2006 document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
A published collection of Catholic essays edited by Dr. Janet E. Smith & Fr. Paul Check
Perspectives from Courage founder Fr. John Harvey laid out in Q&A format
An accessible text explaining Catholic teaching by Fr. Mike Schmitz
A blog and ministry by author & speaker Ty Wyss
A Christian pastor's guide produced by Lead Them Home
A resource for youth ministers by psychologist Dr. Mark Yarhouse
A counseling resource by Dr. Janelle Hallman of Desert Hope
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE COLLECTIONS
A pastoral resource collection managed by Courage International
Offers a transgender resource collection compiled from theological, scientific, legal, and cultural perspectives