Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
We all look for support and guidance in different ways. Below, you'll find a list of resources we at Grafted have found helpful and have to decided to provide for you. If you'd like more information about these resources, feel free to follow the links below or reach out to us via email.
Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships (James V. Brownson, 2013)
God and the Gay Christian (Matthew Vines, 2015)
Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Wesley Hill, 2016)
Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way into the Triune God (Eugene F. Rogers Jr., 1999)
Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith (Eve Tushnet, 2014)
The Body’s Grace (Rowan Williams, 2011)
Out at St. Paul’s (large LGBT Catholic community in NYC)
Q Christian Fellowship (national LGBTQ community with an annual conference)
The Reformation Project (grassroots organization that promotes inclusion of LGBTQ people by reforming church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity)
Revoice (conference of LGBT Christians who hold traditional views of marriage and sexuality)
ChurchClarity.org (database describing churches policies for LGBTQ people and women in leadership)
GayChurch.org (resource for finding LGBTQ-affirming churches)
Spiritual direction, an ancient ministry of the church, is a relationship in which one person assists another, or others, in attending to God’s presence and call. Spiritual direction has been particularly strong within Roman Catholic and Orthodox religious orders, and recently Anglican and Protestant traditions have begun to recover it more fully. In the future, Grafted hopes to be able to facilitate introductions to pastors who can provide this ministry on a one-on-one or small group basis.
Eric M. Hovis M.A., LMHC
Eric Hovis is a fully Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in New York City. He specializes in providing affirming LGBTQ+ therapy services, particularly for individuals who come from religious or faith backgrounds and families. He also has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and groups in the areas of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and attachment based issues. We invite you to contact him directly to discuss his services or to set up an appointment.