A second edition of the LGBTQ pastoral care resource, Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk, by Bernard Schlager and David Kundtz is back in print.
Bernie Schlager, executive director of CLGS, comments, “My contributions to this co-authored book – both the first and now the second editions – reflect my work of almost 20 years at PSR’s Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS). More specifically, what I have written in this practical handbook for pastoral care is based on my own ministry with the Center’s Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations and also comes from my work as Director of the CLGS OutFront Workshops, a 2-year project that brought weekend trainings on LGBTQ pastoral care to congregations and college campuses across the country.
In this book my co-author David Kundtz and I write from the conviction that there is still very much an urgent need for compassionate and reality-based pastoral care for the many LGBTQ people who strive to embrace their gender identity, their sexual orientation, and their commitment to a spiritual life in a faith community—all in equal measure. No longer content to hide in the shadows of church or synagogue life, we queer people of faith are standing up in increasing numbers and claiming our rightful place as children of God who are called to full membership in our communities of faith.
This book is very much the product of what I have learned as a faculty member at PSR and as a staff member of CLGS. It has been a privilege for me to be a co-author of this revised and updated second edition!”