Mark B Lee
Preaching helps articulate the chief theological concerns of a community. The author analyzed an interdenominational sample of fifty sermons from GLBT contexts. The sermons were numerically scored to discern the local theology preached. Key topics were queer Biblical hermeneutics, the development of healthy GLBT communities, integrating identity as GLBT and Christian, working for justice in hostile cultures, and developing a theology of sexuality and relationships. Constructive suggestions for GLBT homiletics included attending to the work of God within GLBT lives, being aware of hearers' stages in coming out, deconstructing homophobia and heterosexism, and clarifying sexuality, spirituality and relationship ethics.