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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664255353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664255350
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kittredge Cherry is a Christian author, minister, and art historian. The author of numerous books, her work has also appeared in Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. She blogs at JesusInLove.org.

Zalmon Sherwood is an Episcopal priest, and has worked as a church musician, parish priest, and prison chaplain.

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Kittredge Cherry is a lesbian Christian author, art historian and minister. She founded JesusInLove.org in 2005 to support LGBT spirituality and the arts. It promotes artistic and religious freedom and teaches love for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. She was ordained by Metropolitan Community Churches, an LGBT-affirming Christian denomination, and served as its National Ecumenical Officer. One of her primary duties was promoting dialogue on homosexuality and religion at the National Council of Churches (USA) and the World Council of Churches.

A native of Iowa, Cherry has degrees in journalism and art history from the University of Iowa, and a master of divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Her books include Lambda Literary Award finalist "Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More," "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," "Jesus in Love: A Novel," and "Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations," "Hide and Speak: A Coming Out Guide" and "Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women." She currently edits the Jesus in Love Newsletter on LGBT spirituality and the arts and blogs regularly at the Jesus in Love Blog.

The New York Times Book Review praised her "very graceful, erudite" writing style and her poetry has won several awards. Her books have been translated into German, Polish, Chinese and Japanese. She has also written for Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. Cherry and her partner live in Los Angeles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trudie Barreras VINE VOICE on January 11, 2014
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As it happens, Kittredge Cherry, one of the editors of this valuable liturgical compilation, suggested that it would be helpful for me to submit a review. When the book was originally published in 1995 I was unaware of its existence; however, it turns out that the previously owned copy which I just obtained via Amazon had originally been in the possession of an EXCEL retreat team. This is an interesting connection since I have in fact been participating in the EXCEL retreat ministry myself since 1992.

In any event, this book remains timely, although in the nearly 20 years since its publication, many churches have in fact become aware of the necessity to develop liturgies with special sensitivity to the LGBTQIA community. Although the book does not focus heavily on same-gender marriage or commitment ceremonies, it does offer some valuable patterns for these and other rituals.

Areas of special interest to the community for which "Equal Rites" was compiled are "Rites to Mark Spiritual Beginnings" with special emphasis on the process of "coming out"; "Rites of Healing" focused particularly on healing from AIDS and other diseases that have disproportionally affected this community; and "Funerals and Memorial Services". In the last case, the form of funeral or memorial service called "Celebration of Life" which has now become standard in many "mainline" churches was indeed often pioneered by the denominations for which this book was originally designed and whose members contributed to it.

Several of the contributors to this volume are individuals whom I know personally, and two of them, Kittredge Cherry (one of the editors) and Chris R. Glaser are authors whose books I've previously reviewed for Amazon.
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