A Celebration of Rev. Robert Wood

This is a few weeks old, but a friend of mine, John Boyd, an MDiv student at the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, has a post up on LGBTQ Nation about author and UCC minister Robert Wood, who was one of the first people in the twentieth century to write on queer inclusion without using a pseudonym. His 1960 book Christ and the Homosexual: Some Observations (AZ | WC—it’s out of print, but you can find one in a library) was a real groundbreaking piece. Wood argues, for example,

To say without reservation that homosexual marriages are immoral and should not be sanctioned by the clergy is to sacrifice the homosexual upon the altar of the status quo.

On gay clergy, he says,

Whether a homosexual can be a Christian and a clergyman, the answer is “yes.”

This is pretty powerful stuff, especially considering the time it was published. Robert Wood turned 89 on May 21 and now lives in a retirement community in New Hampshire. If you get a chance, head over to LGBTQ Nation and check out John’s post.

Gay rights pioneer, groundbreaking author Rev. Robert Wood, turns 89