Kathy Baldock, author, LGBT advocate, and executive director of CanyonWalker Connections, is a leading expert on LGBT issues in the United States, especially dealing with historical and current discrimination faced from the socially conservative Christian church and political sector.
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community pieces together the history behind LGBT persecution in the church. Baldock’s heavily researched, accessible, informational approach helps people understand the LGBT community’s modern plight in terms of how threads of culture, law, science, religion, and politics have contributed to our understanding of this group of people.
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In 2001, Kathy Baldock, a straight conservative Evangelical Christian, met Netto Montoya, a lesbian Native American, on the local hiking trails near her home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their friendship challenged Baldock’s cultural and religious beliefs about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
In Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Church and the LGBT Community, Baldock dissects the historical, cultural, medical, and political filters of discrimination through which the LGBT community is seen. With the foundation firmly established, she examines the most controversial filter of all: what the Bible says about same-sex behavior.
Ten years of research, as well as relationships with thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, led to answering important questions:
- How do history, culture, science, and politics intertwine to create social discrimination against the gay and transgender community?
- When and why did the conservative Christian community turn their focus on the gay and transgender community?
- Should Christian fellowship be extended to gay and transgender people? Should civil marriages, or even Christian marriages, be granted to them?
- What is happening within the LGBT Christian movement today?
Baldock carefully constructs a timeline narrative as she untangles the details of various influences and influencers. Along the way, she shares fascinating stories and testimonies enriching the historical journey.
Finally, for those who are wondering how they might enter into productive and respectful conversations about the intersection of faith and sexual orientation or gender identity, this book offers the resources and tools needed to make informed and wise, Christ-centered choices.
Kathy Baldock is the founder and Executive Director of Canyonwalker Connections, with a mission to help repair the breach between the conservative church and the LGBT Christian community through education, encouragement, and engagement.
Baldock is one of the most vocal advocates and well-researched educators for inclusion within the conservative church and the founder of the “str8apology” movement, bringing LGBT and straight Christians together at gay pride events to reflect the love of Jesus.
Baldock is the mother of two straight adult children, and is honored to serve as a spiritual mother to hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children. She is an ordained minister who lives in Reno, Nevada.
What readers say about Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community :
"This ground-breaking, eye-opening book is a first of its kind that pulls together historical facts, evolving religious attitudes, changing social norms, and psychological research . . . "
"Every Christian examining the debate on LGBT inclusivity should read Kathy's book, no matter where one ends up on this issue."
"This book will be a lifesaver for a young religious person struggling with his or her sexual orientation or identity."
"This book was so interesting and full of important information."
"This is the most thoroughly researched and written book on the history of political and religious thought regarding the understanding of and treatment of LGBT people."
"This book includes information that I have never seen published anywhere else, all combined in one place. This is a history of sexuality from cultural, medical, political, and religious perspectives."
"A book that each Christian and ESPECIALLY Christian leaders should read."
"This is a brilliant book with excellent documentation."
"Wow! The amount of research Kathy did for this book is amazing. However, for a book so deeply researched it is still quite readable. I think this book will be a benchmark for information on the topic for years to come.