The Messenger - April 2018 - 1
Making Gentle a Bruised World
Out of Exodus Book Release
By Liz Fulmer
Worship and Pastoral Assistant
On a weekly basis, I find myself fighting back tears of laughter,
sorrow, and joy while listening to NPR's program, The Moth. On the
show, speakers of every age, nationality, and skill level share stories
with diverse crowds of enthusiastic listeners. After months of being
entertained by The Moth, I'm convinced that storytelling is one of
the best ways to bridge gaps, to teach, and to reveal the beauty of
our shared humanity.
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In Darryl Stephens's Out of Exodus: A Journey of Open and
Affirming Ministry, Grandview tells her story through the thoughtful
reflections of Darryl, Mike Alleman, Andrea Brown, Mary Merriman,
and Ruth Daugherty. Heartfelt and honest, this group approaches
the wider conversation on the relationship between the LGBTQIA+
community and the UMC informed by their own experiences.
Inspired by Grandview's summer sermon series on the book of
Exodus, led by Mike and Andrea, Darryl parallels the story of the
Israelites' escape from Egypt with Grandview's journey toward full
inclusion of LGBTQIA+ folks.
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Out of Exodus is a story of liberation for the Israelites, for Grandview, and for the people whose voices
ring out from the book's pages. Reading our lives through the story of Exodus, we learn that open and
affirming ministry transcends LGBTQIA+ inclusion. It is also about race relations, poverty, generational
change, divorce, immigration, and any other human-created barrier to loving God and neighbor. We
are all refugees on the journey of faith, and we find strength in God, who delivers us from captivity.
Due for a Spring release, Out of Exodus carries with it the ability to speak to a tension-filled,
complicated matter with tenderness, persistence, and love. We wait with hopeful expectation to see
how the Spirit will work through Grandview's story.
"It was so, so good for us!! The sharing was amazing. We are moving forward. The best part of studying
Out of Exodus for us was how it solicited sharing. We felt safe and it opened up our hearts."
-Jonette Gay, pastor of Otterbein United Methodist Church, in response to their congregational study
of Out of Exodus
"Combining scripture, sermons, dialogue and lived experiences, Out of Exodus is a phenomenal
resource for any spiritual community interested in expanding their welcome to all God's people-
especially those interested in the Reconciling process."
-Reconciling Ministries Network