Sweden’s Lutheran church ‘queers’ Jesus and the Bible for LGBT kids
A diocese in the Lutheran Church of Sweden is offering a guide to LGBT young people that claims that because the word “homosexuality” is not specifically mentioned in the Bible the gay lifestyle is acceptable for Christians.
A “survival guide for Christian queer kids” was developed by the Västerås diocese of the Church of Sweden. The official church website welcomes readers with “Under the rainbow you are not alone!” and notes that the guide, developed by the Västerås diocese, pins together with the broader Swedish church’s “Young Camelot’s rainbow camp.”
The website offers 10 points, in English and Swedish, that refer to the survival guide for young Christians experiencing same-sex attractions. The objective is to help “young Christian people who, in the LGBT context, are asked about their Christian faith and who are questioned in Christian contexts about their LGBTQ identity.”
Offering “theological interpretations” that it says are important to LGBTQ people who want to “see themselves and their lives as part of the biblical story,” it notes that it is written by and for young people to support them “being who they are (at the moment).”
The website explains that the Young Camelot’s Rainbow Camp is held several times each year so that “young LGBTQ people can meet others and share experiences in one place and in a context where it is OK to be themselves.”
A pamphlet is available in PDF format in Swedish on the website that offer the Swedish church’s view on homosexual orientation. Answers are provided by the church to common reactions to declarations of homosexuality.