Wednesday October 24, 2018

Please allow me to lift up the new book by the Rev. Gregory L. Millikin. It is called Being Called, Being Gay. Our recent alum, who is married to Andrew Rutledge, our senior, has written a powerful and thoughtful book that invites our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters into deep holistic discernment as they consider the vocation of Holy Orders. Greg brings himself, imaginatively and fully, to the narrative. Wisdom abounds on every page, yet, simultaneously, there is an informed sense of the processes involved in ordination. It has been published by Church Publishing and is available now for purchase from Amazon.

In the 1970s, as the ordination of women to the priesthood was affirmed, Virginia Theological Seminary saw an increase in applications from women, who finally felt able to make themselves available for Holy Orders. We are seeing a similar process today with the LGBT community. Persons who were excluded from going through the process with their sexual integrity honored are now eligible. This book is intended to support this opportunity of discernment for LGBT persons.

Greg writes well. By this, I mean it is not just well-written (although it is), but it has a depth of theological and ecclesiological reading that makes this book quite remarkable. Congratulations on this book, Greg.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
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