Queer Christianity: Call For Submissions



Queer Christianity: How the Bible Is Helping LGBTQ Christians Come Out and Other Good Things

An anthology edited and with an introduction by Rev. Ellin Sterne Jimmerson, Ph. D.

What this anthology isQueer Christianity will consist of first person accounts of how specific parts of the Bible have aided gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and other non-straight or non-cisgender people as they came out to themselves or others and/or how it continues to encourage them in their faith journeys.

The title should not be taken as restrictive — if you are anywhere along the “gay” spectrum and have found specific texts from the Bible helpful to you as you came out or in dealing with a homophobic culture, issues of self-loathing, a punishing church or family environment, among other things, or, if you have experienced none of these things, but the Bible has always been an inspiration for you, you should submit.

What this anthology is not: an attempt to persuade anybody of anything

What to submit:

essays, homilies, meditations, poems, songs or other first person reflections

a personal biblical engagement is required

your submission will be something only you could write: we want to get in your head!

length: up to 1000 words

short bio (200 words)

Submit to queerchristianitybook@gmail.com

Write “Queer Christianity Submission” in the subject line

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Editor’s Bio


Ph. D., 20th Century US Cultural and Intellectual History, University of Houston, Texas

MTS [Masters in Theological Studies], with a concentration in liberation studies, primarily Latin American liberation theology, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee

MA, Southern History, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

BA, History and French, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama


Ordained Baptist minister, Weatherly Heights Baptist Church, Huntsville, Alabama, 2005

Officiated at the first same sex wedding in Madison County, Alabama, 2015

Filmmaker, The Second Cooler, narrated by Martin Sheen, a feature length documentary

Relevant Featured articles in Huffington Post

“Reflecting on Becoming the First Southern Baptist Minister to Marry a Same-Sex Couple,” 3/27/15

“When Did Biblical Marriage Get To Be a Thing?”, 3/17/15

“Crucifixion at Orlando: A Meditation on John 1:14and God’s Nature as Trans”, 6/14/16

“Dear Mr. Trump: You Do Not Represent Me”, 7/29/16

Relevant Articles in Patheos.com/faithforward

“From ‘I Do’ to Disfellowship: Why the Southern Baptists Kicked This [My] Church Out Over a Same-Sex Wedding”, in David R. Henson’s channel, 2/23/15

“Connecting the Q in LGBTQ to the Bible’s ‘Q’ Source”, 3/25/15

“Two Conversations Christians Need to Have in 2015”, 1/14/15


Special Award for Social Justice Activism, Interfaith Mission Service, Inc., 2010

Nominee, Human Rights Award, Abraham Lincoln Brigade and Puffin Foundation, 2010

Award, Women Honoring Women, Huntsville, Alabama, 2014

Other Christian Publications

“They Come Smiling Out of the Morgue: Historical Resurrections in Ernesto Cardenal’s Nicaragua (1934-1970)” in Mother Tongue Theologies: Poets, Novelists, Non-Western Christianity, by Darren N. J. Middleton, Editor, Wipf and Stock, 2009

“In The Beginning: Big Bang: Violence in Ernesto Cardenal’s Cosmic Canticle” in Subverting Scriptures: Critical Reflections on the Use of the Bible, by Beth Hawkins Benedix, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009


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