These resources have been suggested by people or organizations associated with the Network. They are not necessarily endorsed by Reconciling Ministries Network. We recommend leaders read them before using them as teaching tools or Bible study resources. If you have any recommendations you’d like us to add to the list, please submit them to

The Cross In The Closet, Keith L. Marsden.

“The Cross In The Closet” describes several real life situations facing young people who were LGBTQ. Some of those situations turned out well, some were tragic; all contained an element of struggle in a society that often sees the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning person as unacceptable in some way. Often these persons are given mistaken conceptions that God hates them, and religion condemns them

We Shall Not Be Moved: Methodists Debate Race, Gender, and Homosexuality by Jane Ellen Nickell 

As Protestant denominations are fracturing over whether to ordain gays and lesbians, this work looks at The United Methodist Church’s conversations about the issue, in light of Methodism’s historic contests over the leadership of African Americans and women, to see what can be learned from these earlier periods of change.

Licensing guidelines for hosting movie showings

The Federal Copyright Law (United States Code, Title 17, Sections 101 and 106) licensing is required for any film(s) shown outside the privacy of an individual’s home, regardless of the number of people in attendance and even when an admission is NOT charged.  Neither the rental nor the purchase or lending of a videocassette or DVD carries with it the right to exhibit such a movie publicly outside of the home.

Check out Swank to learn more about how you can acquire a license for movie screening in your church.

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