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  • Writer's pictureDr A. Lamar Torrence

Introducing R.I.C.H. in Preaching.

Updated: Jan 1, 2021

The Black Church is stereotypically known for its anti-gay and homophobic stance against the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transsexual, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Although statistics have shown a growing amount of support for same-sex couples and gay persons, the patriarchal and heterosexual power structures within the church have been slow to provide welcoming spaces for LGBTQ persons. Furthermore, Afro-Caribbean churches have been reluctant even to address the issue. This book is about the spiritual awakening of one congregation as it heard transformative sermons about radical, inclusive, Christian hospitality (RICH). The messages of the sermons sought to inspire them to move from a culture of homophobic hostility towards a community of greater inclusiveness. In doing so, LGBTQ persons would find a safe space for worship and fellowship in the house of God.

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