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Face to Face

Jeffrey Heskins

Face to Face

Jeffrey Heskins

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"We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the word of God," Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said. While a lot of ink is spilled debating the place of homosexual Christians in the life of the church, few people take Bonhoeffer's advice. In "Face to Face" Jeffrey Heskins takes a step back from heated rhetoric to listen to Christians who are committed both to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church and to a life of holiness with a partner of the same sex. As Heskins invites these couples to tell their stories and reflects on their experiences, he raises difficult questions: What does it mean to live a "holy life"? Should the pattern for "holy living" be any different for gay and lesbian couples in ministry than for others? Based on more than thirty hours of recorded interviews with couples all across England, this volume heeds Bonhoeffer's words, producing a refreshing instance of Christian hospitality -- listening to brothers and sisters before presuming to speak God's word to them. While "Face to Face" will not end the controversy, these human voices will speak to both sides of this explosive debate. "In trying to lead a holy life, I think that we are responsible for trying to see the effect that it has on others, even beyond the relationship. It is very easy to think about the two of us, but if a life together is lived in holiness, it has enormous impact on those around you." -- Female priest with partner 3 years "When I first met her, I was really angry with God and I found God's maleness and the patriarchy of the church all too much. I stopped going to church. It was my partner who helped me heal from all those open wounds, and if I hadn't healed from them, then I don't think that I could have found God again." -- Female priest with partner 13 years "Where there is love there is God . . . so while living a life of Christian holiness may be difficult to quantify, those who want to make pronouncements or recommendations on what constitutes holy living really do need to go and see people's lives in action. It's the meeting face to face that really is transforming of opinions and attitudes." -- Male priest with partner 32 years

- Publisher Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote, "We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God." While a lot of ink is spilled debating the place of homosexual Christians in the life of the church, few people take Bonhoeffer's advice to first listen.

In "Face to Face," Jeffrey Heskins takes a step back from heated rhetoric so as to listen to Christians who are committed both to ordained ministry in the Anglican church and to a life of holiness with a partner of the same sex. As Heskins invites these couples to tell their stories and reflects on their experiences, he raises difficult questions: What does it mean to live a "holy life"? Should the pattern for "holy living" be any different for gay and lesbian couples in ministry than for anyone else?

Based on more than thirty hours of taped interviews with couples from the length and breadth of England, "Face to Face" is a refreshing instance of Christian hospitality -- listening to brothers and sisters before presuming to speak God's word to them.



- Publisher

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About "Face to Face"

"We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the word of God," Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said. While a lot of ink is spilled debating the place of homosexual Christians in the life of the church, few people take Bonhoeffer's advice. In "Face to Face" Jeffrey Heskins takes a step back from heated rhetoric to listen to Christians who are committed both to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church and to a life of holiness with a partner of the same sex. As Heskins invites these couples to tell their stories and reflects on their experiences, he raises difficult questions: What does it mean to live a "holy life"? Should the pattern for "holy living" be any different for gay and lesbian couples in ministry than for others? Based on more than thirty hours of recorded interviews with couples all across England, this volume heeds Bonhoeffer's words, producing a refreshing instance of Christian hospitality -- listening to brothers and sisters before presuming to speak God's word to them. While "Face to Face" will not end the controversy, these human voices will speak to both sides of this explosive debate. "In trying to lead a holy life, I think that we are responsible for trying to see the effect that it has on others, even beyond the relationship. It is very easy to think about the two of us, but if a life together is lived in holiness, it has enormous impact on those around you." -- Female priest with partner 3 years "When I first met her, I was really angry with God and I found God's maleness and the patriarchy of the church all too much. I stopped going to church. It was my partner who helped me heal from all those open wounds, and if I hadn't healed from them, then I don't think that I could have found God again." -- Female priest with partner 13 years "Where there is love there is God . . . so while living a life of Christian holiness may be difficult to quantify, those who want to make pronouncements or recommendations on what constitutes holy living really do need to go and see people's lives in action. It's the meeting face to face that really is transforming of opinions and attitudes." -- Male priest with partner 32 years
- Publisher

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote, "We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God." While a lot of ink is spilled debating the place of homosexual Christians in the life of the church, few people take Bonhoeffer's advice to first listen.

In "Face to Face," Jeffrey Heskins takes a step back from heated rhetoric so as to listen to Christians who are committed both to ordained ministry in the Anglican church and to a life of holiness with a partner of the same sex. As Heskins invites these couples to tell their stories and reflects on their experiences, he raises difficult questions: What does it mean to live a "holy life"? Should the pattern for "holy living" be any different for gay and lesbian couples in ministry than for anyone else?

Based on more than thirty hours of taped interviews with couples from the length and breadth of England, "Face to Face" is a refreshing instance of Christian hospitality -- listening to brothers and sisters before presuming to speak God's word to them.


- Publisher

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Heskins

Jeffrey Heskins is an ordained Anglican priest and the author of Unheard Voices. He serves as rector of the parishes of St. Luke and St. Thomas Charlton in London and as chaplain of Charlton Athletic Football Club. He is married to Rachel and has two teenage children.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 240616
  • Product Code 0802863035
  • EAN 9780802863034
  • Pages 189
  • Department General Books
  • Category Relationships
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Feb 2006
  • Dimensions 231 x 160 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.290kg

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