Experiences of Grace as Told by Gay Christians.

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From: Journal of Psychology and Christianity(Vol. 40, Issue 3)
Publisher: CAPS International (Christian Association for Psychological Studies)
Document Type: Article
Length: 6,760 words
Lexile Measure: 1390L

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Positive psychology has yielded rich insights about the nature of human flourishing and is just beginning to broach the topic of grace. Because of the central role grace plays in Christianity, a qualitative exploration was conducted with a sample of Christian participants identifying as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Transcripts from 25 semi-structured interviews were coded and analyzed using grounded theory. Most participants described growing up in relatively conservative Christian communities where their emerging sexual identity was discouraged and then finding new faith communities in late teenage or adult years where they can experience and practice their faith more freely. They described God as loving and grace as available freely to all, even as some have reverberating doubts about their changed theological views. We discuss clinical implications for working with gay Christian clients in psychotherapy, emphasizing that faith communities are not necessarily places to be avoided, but can actually be places of healing and support.

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