Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair: My Spiritual Journey

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages

With the publication of his groundbreaking The Church and Homosexuality in 1976, John McNeill placed himself in the vanguard of scholars who were challenging long-held assumptions about the Bible and homosexuality. Through his continued scholarship, spiritual reflection, and untiring activism, McNeill has brought hope and affirmation to thousands of gay and lesbian Christians. Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair is McNeill's autobiography.

 

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This is a searingly honest account of a priest's struggle to embrace his homosexual identity while helping others find healing within the framework of God's love. McNeill, ordained as a Jesuit in 1959 ... Read full review

Contents

Why Buffalo?
1
The Battlin Sharkeys
6
Coming of Age
14
Prisoner of War
21
Vocation
42
Ordination
48
The Quest
53
Discovering Gay Love
59
Support of My Jesuit Brothers and My Peers
105
My Discernment of Spirits
116
Expulsion
127
Where Will I Be Buried?
133
Our Home in the Country
135
Taking a Chance on God
138
The Italian Tour
144
Support from Metropolitan Community Church
147

Triumphant Return?
63
Search and Discovery
68
Extracting the Truth
72
Launching Gay Ministry
79
The Church and the Homosexual
84
Imprimi Potest
89
The Media Response
92
Trouble Trouble Trouble
97
Healing Ministry
102
The Trilogy Is Complete
150
Sister Sheila
158
The Saging
162
Toward Spiritual Maturity
164
My Spiritual Life Today
171
Praise to Charlie
177
Annotated Bibliography of the Publications
179
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About the author (1998)

John J. McNeill has done a great deal of work on the subject of spirituality and gay and lesbian issues as both an author and a lecturer. He is the author of The Church and the Homosexual; Taking a Chance on God: Liberating Theology for Gays and Lesbians, Their Lovers, Friends, and Families; and Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey to Fullness of Life for Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else.

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