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    Impossible Subjects: LGBTQ Experiences in Australian Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches.
    (Religions; 9 ) 2018 Jennings, Mark
    This paper is the product of in-depth interviews with 20 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) people who identify, or formerly identified, as members of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christian (PCC) churches. Interviewees typically found themselves confronted with a number of choices (not necessarily mutually exclusive): remain closeted, come out but commit to remaining celibate, undergo “SOCE” (Sexual Orientation Conversion Efforts) therapy, or leave. Most left their churches, often after agonising attempts to reconcile their faith and their sexuality. Several of the practices adopted by Australian PCC churches exclude LGBTIQ people from full participation in their own congregations, rendering them “impossible subjects.” Australian Pentecostalism’s surprisingly egalitarian history, wherein the spiritually authorised ministry of women was both recognised and celebrated, suggests another, more inclusive way forward in regard to this vexed issue.
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    “A Silence like Thunder: Pastoral and Theological responses of Australian Pentecostal-Charismatic churches to LGBTQ individuals.”
    2017 Jennings, Mark ; Wilkinson, M. ; Althouse, P.
    I used to always feel as though the church was always talking about the "invisible children" around the world, when all the while there was a whole community of invisible children sitting amongst the congregation. Nothing was ever relevant to us-relationships seminars, Valentine's Day, women's conferences, men's conferences, the entire community was set up to be heterocentric, so when you come out you have no choice but to leave because there really is no self-respect in staying inside a community that holds up a banner saying "welcome home" while simultaneously rejecting your very presence by silence. The silence was like thunder to me. (JY, personal communication with the author)