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- THE EVER-EXPANSIVE SPIRIT OF GOD
THE EVER-EXPANSIVE SPIRIT OF GOD
FOR ALL WHO FEEL LEFT OUT
ONE BISHOP'S STORY OF OUR TIMES
Perhaps sexual orientation and gender identity are the most controversial of all the issues in family life today, and nowhere is it causing more tension and division than inside faith communities of all faiths and denominations. Into this fray comes Bishop Peggy A. Johnson to share her own remarkable experiences in a lifetime of ministry, which are at various times painful, courageous, embarrassing, inspiring, sad, happy, and even humorous.
Committed to complete transparency, Bishop Johnson tells of her call to become a bishop; her marriage of now forty-four years to her best friend and fellow ordained minister; their life together with their two adult children; and the 'precious secret" that is revealed to her in 2010. Bishoop Johnson leaves nary a stone unturned, willing to explore her deepest thoughts, fears, sorrows, triumphs, and mistakes. "The debates around same-gender marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and what it means to keep in a covenantal relationship with fellow United Methodists of differing opinions is at the center of this book," she says in her Introduction. "I engaged in many other ministries during my tenure as bishop, but I am laser-focused here on this one topic. It is a personal story, full of honest rflections on my journey as a Christian, a minister of the Gospel, and a leader in the church.