Qu(e)erying Evangelism

Qu(e)erying Evangelism chronicles Cheri DiNovo’s attempts as a minister to expand the membership of a rapidly shrinking congregation in a poor, inner city Toronto neighborhood. As a result, DiNovo discovers that, in her congregation’s decision to evangelize among the marginalized and “queer” in their neighborhood, church members are radically changed by realizing how “queer” or different they are themselves.

Qu(e)erying Evangelism asks: How do we understand evangelism biblically and in a completely new way? How does one be a queer theologian in a traditional pastorate and not only be faithful to a queer Christ but grow a congregation with all sorts of differences of opinion? How does the presence of the transgendered/transsexual—or indeed everyone perceived as different—challenge both the theology and praxis of a mainline denomination?

Winner of the 2005 Lambda Literary Award for Spirituality & Religion

Praise for Qu(e)erying Evangelism

"DiNovo states clearly that the time has come for same gender loving people to embrace the responsibility to use the lessons learned on the margins to effect positive change in the mainline church. What a great example of evolutionary grace!"​
Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder​
Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ​
"For DiNovo, evangelism is not about marketing strategies and counting numbers; it is about re-energizing the church to the call of Christ and Christ's extravagant welcome, a call that both questions and 'queers' who is the real evangelist, who is the church, and who are actually the outsiders."​
Dr. Mary Ann Tolbert​
Executive Director, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, Pacific School of Religion​