Tuesday, January 13, 2015
6:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST
Eve Tushnet is proof that being gay doesn’t mean you can’t also be a faithfully practicing Catholic.
In her groundbreaking first book Gay and Catholic, Tushnet, a widely published writer and Catholic blogger, recounts her unlikely conversion from atheism to Catholicism and the difficult reconciliation of her lesbian identity with her Catholic faith. With great sensitivity and insight, Tushnet shares her story finding Catholicism and responding to God’s call to love through friendship, community, service and artistic creation.
Candid about the struggles of being an openly lesbian and celibate Catho- lic, Tushnet provides answers and her own interpretations of some difficult, awkward questions for others in her situation, as well as Catholics looking to better understand a Catholic community that includes homosexuals.
While she shares many specifics of her challenging vocation, Tushnet extends beyond her story to weigh in on the challenges and loneliness of accepting vocation from God—whatever it may be. Informed with both a solid grasp of Church teaching and realism, Gay and Catholic is an extraordinary resource filled with incredible insight and practical tips that delves deep into the ques- tion of same-sex attraction and the crosses we all bear in our vocations.
Gay and Catholic provides a roadmap for a gay Catholic seeking to live faith- fully to Church teaching while also accepting his or her sexual orientation.
Eve Tushnet lives in Washington, D.C., where she was raised somewhere between atheism and Reform Judaism. She cofounded her high school’s gay/straight alliance and entered the Catholic Church in 1998, during her sophomore year at Yale University. She is a freelance writer and in 2010, she was profiled in the New York Times “Beliefs” column.
Tushnet blogs regularly at The American Conservative and Patheos. Her work has been published by The Atlantic, Weekly Standard, Commonweal, and First Things, and she has written for the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog and the New York Times “Room for Debate.” She has spoken on being gay and Catholic at Carnegie-Mellon University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, and Fordham University, among others. She has also addressed a group of campus ministers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and spoken with Interfaith Voices, a syndicated public radio show. Tushnet contributed an essay on gay Catholic life to the 2008 anthology Faith at the Edge, and has essays forthcoming in books from Fordham University Press and the University of Notre Dame Press.
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