"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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Breathe in deep.  Let the breath out. 

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Your brother

Your best friend

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Your old friend from high school

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So we pulled together a few things you might like.

WHO EXPERIENCE IT

WHERE YOU CAN FIND SUPPORT

ON DOCTRINE & PASTORAL CARE

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.

DESIRE OF THE EVERLASTING HILLS

Film featuring three stories

THE THIRD WAY

Film featuring stories & Catholic doctrine

SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP

Ecumenical blogging collective 

HUDSON BYBLOW

Canadian Writer & Speaker

GREGORY COLES

Author of Single, Gay and Christian

CHRIS DAMIAN

Blogger & author of I Desired You

BRIDGET EILEEN

Blogger

WESLEY HILL

Co-Founder of Spiritual Friendship, author of Washed and Waiting and Spiritual Friendship

DAN MATTSON

Speaker & author of Why I Don't Call Myself Gay

ALEX JAMES SANTIAGO

Author of In Pursuit: Confession of a Gay Catholic Teenager

AVERA MARIA SANTO

Blogger & author of Experience Me

EVE TUSHNET

Speaker & author of Gay & Catholic

YOUR OTHER BROTHERS

Podcast & online community

 

MINISTRY ORGANIZATIONS

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.

COURAGE INTERNATIONAL

A Roman Catholic apostolate offering retreats, conferences, and regional support groups, as well a parent's ministry, Encourage

THE CENTER FOR FAITH, SEXUALITY, AND GENDER

Resources and workshops for families and ministry leaders

DESERT HOPE

Pastoral support for parents rooted in a Roman Catholic perspective

DESERT STREAM | LIVING WATERS

Intensive sexual integrity local support group series, Biblically-based.

FIRST LIGHT

Biblically-based small group ministry based in the St. Louis area

HOLE IN MY HEART MINISTRIES

Biblically-based resources for families and ministry leaders

INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF SEXUAL IDENTITY

Counseling and psychological resources from a traditional Christian perspective

LEAD THEM HOME

Biblically-based resources for youth workers

REVOICE

Inter-denominational Christian conference

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY INSTITUTE

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.

PASTORAL CARE TO HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS

A 1986 document from the Roman Catholic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

MINISTRY TO PERSONS WITH A HOMOSEXUAL INCLINATION

A 2006 document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

LIVING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

A published collection of Catholic essays edited by Dr. Janet E. Smith & Fr. Paul Check

HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Perspectives from Courage founder Fr. John Harvey laid out in Q&A format

MADE FOR LOVE

An accessible text explaining Catholic teaching by Fr. Mike Schmitz

WALLS DOWN

A blog and ministry by author & speaker Ty Wyss 

GUIDING FAMILIES

A Christian pastor's guide produced by Lead Them Home

UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL IDENTITY

A resource for youth ministers by psychologist Dr. Mark Yarhouse

THE HEART OF FEMALE SAME SEX ATTRACTION

A counseling resource by Dr. Janelle Hallman of Desert Hope

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE COLLECTIONS

TRUTH & LOVE

A pastoral resource collection managed by Courage International

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S FORUM

Offers a transgender resource collection compiled from theological, scientific, legal, and cultural perspectives

CHASTITY PROJECT

Offers pastoral and cultural resources curated by Catholic chastity speaker Jason Evert and his team

LIFE TEEN INTERNATIONAL

Offers resources on LGBT+ questions for teens and youth ministers