Marriage

The resources featured on this page are helpful guides for individuals and congregations who are wrestling with understanding how same-sex marriage intersects with their interpretation of scripture, life as a congregation, or personal beliefs. Each of these resources are intended to foster dialogue, deepen understanding of the issue, and open pathways for movement towards embrace of marriage for all loving and committed couples. If you have a resource to share or don’t see one that would be helpful for you please contact us here.

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The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage (Mark Achtemeier)

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In The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage, Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart: the problems with excluding groups of people and the insights into the Bible’s message that led him to recognize the fullness of God’s love and support for LGBT persons.

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Inclusive Marriage Services (A Wedding Sourcebook)

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As the country moves toward marriage equality for gay and lesbian people, same-gender and straight couples alike are seeking inclusive wedding services. This sourcebook provides marriage liturgies with updated and gender-neutral language that are adaptable for a variety of couples and situations.

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Marriage and the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

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This guide was written in advance of the 221st General Assembly, but the questions and background it offers remain relevant for congregations wanting a forum for conversation about marriage for same-sex couples rooted in a PCUSA context.

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A Time to Embrace: Same-Gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics (William Stacy Johnson)

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In A Time to Embrace, William Stacy Johnson presents a brilliant analysis of the religious, legal, and political stakes in the debates over gay marriage, civil unions, and the place of committed gay couples in a democratic society.

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