The Welcoming Movement in Churches across the U.S

January 7, 2015

The PBS television program, To the Contrary, is an all-female news analysis series that began in 1992. The program usually features a panel discussion in which women from different political viewpoints talk about current events and other concerns that are grabbing the public’s attention. But for this special documentary edition, instead of a panel discussion, host Bonnie Erbé takes viewers to three representative churches of the “welcoming movement,” a movement of numerous congregations that are committed to welcoming, supporting, and affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Watch To the Contrary’s 25-minute documentary about the Welcoming Movement.

Related: For more information on welcoming and inclusive churches, along with some excellent resources, visit the Institute for Welcoming Resources website.


Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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