In this episode we talk with Dr. Cody J. Sanders about LGBTQIA inclusion and the gifts our LGBTQ+ siblings bring to our congregation. Dr. Sanders is the pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass and an American Baptist chaplain to Harvard University. He has written extensively about Christianity and the LGBTQ+ community and helps us consider how we can be a more compassionately curious congregation that creates space for all God’s people.

Rev. Cody Sanders is pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass., where he also serves as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University and Advisor for LGBTQ+ Affairs in the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life at MIT. He is Affiliated Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Chaplaincy Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. He lives in Boston with his partner, also named Cody, and two dogs, Buddy and Suzie.

Show Notes:

Cody’s Books–

Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow (2013)

Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church (2015)

A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth (2017)

Christianity, LGBTQ Suicide, and the Souls of Queer Folk (2020)

“You’re LGBTQ Affirming! Now What?,” an article for Good Faith Media (June 15, 2022)

Cody’s Book Recommendations–

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines

Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke

Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights by Heather R. White

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