Read what UMC leaders are saying about Unafraid and Unashamed:
“This book is a remarkable gift embodying the humility, faith, and clarity it encourages. Rev. Cantrell is a wise, knowledgeable, and compassionate pastor with a deep love for United Methodism. Punctuated with Scripture, prayer, and pastorally incisive questions, this book is a compelling invitation to practice Christian faith in the midst of profound challenges.”
Laceye Warner, Duke Divinity School
“Wil Cantrell has done a superb job of putting United Methodism’s current situation in a larger spiritual, theological, and historical context. With fairness and sensitivity, he calls for an abundance of humility and grace befitting the Wesleyan spirit and heritage for this moment.”
Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
"For those United Methodists who want easy and quick answers to their church's present impasse, this is not a book for you. However, for those willing to open themselves to see God acting in their midst and seek a return to Scriptural Holiness then you need this book. Parts are painful, but throughout a hope resounds. Fear or faith lay before us. The choice is ours."
J. Clif Christopher, President, Horizons Stewardship Company
"Rev. Cantrell provides a helpful overview of the conversation about human sexuality in the UMC and the current conflict in which the church finds itself today. Congregations will find this book especially helpful as they discern how to be faithful witnesses to the risen Christ today."
Jack Jackson, Claremont School of Theology
“With pastoral sensitivity and theological astuteness, Wil Cantrell provides a much needed word of hope to United Methodists seeking both unity and faithfulness to the Christian gospel. The author models a spirit of humility, fairness, respect, and openness to God's gracious action in and through those with differing perspectives on the volatile issues of human sexuality. The book merits careful reading and serious discussion by denominational leaders, pastors, laity, and local congregations.”
Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, Professor Emeritus, Duke Divinity School
The United Methodist Church has been slowly addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGTQ) issues for more than 40 years. During that time, our demographics, official policies, and cultural perspectives regarding these issues have changed dramatically.
Many of us have shifted our own views significantly, yet our denomination has never been able to arrive at an agreeable consensus in terms of how the church should relate to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
While finding a solution that gathers universal support is unlikely, we must be sure we do not allow this conflict to splinter our denomination to such a degree it has disastrous consequences for our other ministries.