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Under construction. This has been the big issue in the United Church
since March 1988. See the papers listed above in Sex before marriage? as
well as: Nicky Gumbel, "What is the Christian attitude to homosexuality?"
in his Searching Issues (Eastbourne, UK: Kingsway, 1994), pp. 77-92;
Peter C. Moore, "'And such were some of you': The church and homosexuality
today," in George Egerton, ed., Anglican Essentials... (Toronto:
ABC, 1995), pp. 179-194; Stephen F. Noll, Two Sexes, One Flesh: Why
the Church cannot bless same-sex marriage (Solon, OH: Latimer Press,
A classic in United Church circles is Don Faris's Trojan Horse
(Burlington, ON: Welch, 1989), reviewed by Victor Shepherd In TD V/1, Jan.
1990, pp. 20-21. This was reprinted in a revised edition by the Evangelical
Fellowship of Canada (905 479-5885) under the title, The Homosexual
Challenge: A Christian response to an age of sexual politics, in 1993,
and is still available for $12. See the EFC Website: www.efc-canada.com
A classic in the field of healing for homosexuals is Elizabeth R. Moberly,
Homosexuality: A new Christian ethic (Cantab.: Jas. Clarke, 1983-1991),
pp. 56. Moberly reviews seven books on homosexuality in her "Homosexuality
and Truth," in First Things, No. 71, March 1997, pp. 30-33.
TD V/2 and V/3 deal with homosexuality: George R. Slater, "Can Homosexual
Orientation be Changed?" TD V/2, July 1990, pp. 18-24; John H. Trueman,
"Review of Michael Riordon, The First Stone: Homosexuality and the United
Church...", TD V/2, pp. 33-34, noting the inaccuracies in this biased
book; Graham Scott, "A Commentary on A Covenant for the reformation of
the United church of Canada," V/3, August 1990 (special issue), pp. 4-12,
esp. sec. 4.3, pp. 9-10; Graham Scott & Kenneth Ramsay, "A Position
Paper..." TD V/3, pp. 12-18, from the United Church's 1960 position in
Toward a Christian Understanding of Sex, Love, Marriage to the 1990
debate on the 1988 General Council's statement, "Membership, Ministry and
Human Sexuality" (MMHS).
See also TD&O VI/2 July 1991: Peter C. Moore's review of Pamela
Dickey Young, ed., Theological Reflections on Ministry & Sexual
Orientation (Burlington, ON: Trinity, 1990), pp.10-11; Trudie Clarke's
review of Roger J. Magnusson's Are Gay Rights Right? (Portland,
OR: Multnomah, 1990), pp.11-12. TD&O VIII/2, July 1993, Kevin D. Ray,
"Finding Homosexual Behavior Sinful is not a Phobic Reaction," pp. 18-19.
TD&O IX/2, July 1994, Cuyler Black, "A Call for Clarity concerning
the use and misuse of the term homophobia," Green pp. 3-4; John Trueman's
review of Thomas E. Schmidt, Straight & Narrow? Compassion and Clarity
in the Homosexuality Debate (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1995),
TD&O XI/1, Jan. 1996, pp. 15-16.