Building a Bridge
- How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity
- Narrated by: James Martin
- Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 13-06-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
On the day after the Orlando nightclub shooting, James Martin SJ posted a video on Facebook in which he called for solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. "The largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club, and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected," he began. He then implored his fellow Catholics - and people everywhere - to "stand not only with the people of Orlando but also with their LGBT brothers and sisters." A powerful call for tolerance, acceptance, and support - and a reminder of Jesus' message for us to love one another - Father Martin's post went viral and was viewed more than 1.6 million times.
Now Martin expands on his reflections in this moving and inspiring book, offering a powerful, loving, and much-needed voice in a time marked by anger, prejudice, and divisiveness. Adapted from an address he gave to New Ways Ministry, a group that ministers to and advocates for LGBT Catholics, Building a Bridge provides a road map for repairing and strengthening the bonds that unite all of us as God's children. Martin uses the image of a two-way bridge to enable LGBT Catholics and the church to come together in a call to end the "us" versus "them" mentality. Turning to the catechism, he draws on the three criteria at the heart of the Christian ministry - "respect, compassion, and sensitivity" - as a model for how the Catholic Church should relate to the LGBT community.
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By A. Chan on 18-07-17
Insightful and Provoking
Father Martin addresses an issue that has for too long been ignored and a group that continues to be vilified. He reminds us to act like Jesus and minister to the marginalized.
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By Damian N. Williams on 20-06-18
This is definitely a great book. I would expect nothing less from Father James Martin.