Compiled by Cody J. Sanders

The following bibliography comes from “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth:
A Resource for Congregations in Dialogue on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” and is used by permission to support your work in being Welcoming & Affirming.

Note to Readers: Titles marked with an asterisk (*) denote helpful titles for beginning stages of exploration. These titles are appropriate starting places for an introductory exploration for individuals and groups.

Titles marked with (‡) denote more “advanced” texts, useful for individuals and congregations having already adopted a welcoming and affirming stance toward LGBTQ persons and wishing to develop further in education, understanding, and ministry.



Pastoral Care & Congregational Ministry


Cherry, Kittredge, and Zalmon Sherwood, eds. Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.
Graham, Larry Kent. Discovering Images of God: Narratives of Care Among Lesbians and Gays. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997.
*Kundtz, David J., and Bernard S. Schlager. Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk: LGBT Pastoral Care. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2007.
Lebacqz, Karen, and Ronald G. Barton. Sex In The Parish. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1991.
Marshall, Joretta L. Counseling Lesbian Partners. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997.
Switzer, David K. Pastoral Care of Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999.
Tigert, Leanne McCall. Coming Out Through Fire: Surviving the Trauma of Homophobia. Cleveland: United Church Press, 1999.
Tigert, Leanne McCall, and Maren C. Tirabassi. All Whom God Has Joined: Resources for Clergy and Same-Gender Loving Couples. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2010.