Brandan Robertson

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Brandan Robertson (born June 24, 1992) is a gay writer, activist, and minister. He has written on the subjects of millennials, social justice, and contemplative spirituality, and he is an LGBTQ activist.

In February 2015, publisher Destiny Image canceled its book deal with Robertson, citing his support for LGBTQ inclusion.[1] The book was later published.

LGBTQ advocacy[edit]

In September 2014, Robertson was named the national spokesman of "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality", an organization that sought to encourage evangelicals to support civil marriage equality, even if they were unable to support sacramental marriage equality in the church.[2]

In November 2014, Robertson led the effort to convene a historic meeting between Southern Baptist leaders and LGBT+ movement leaders during the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. This meeting opened the doors for conversations and collaboration between some of the most influential religious leaders in America and leading LGBT+ activists. In 2015, Robertson's work was the subject of an MSNBC documentary film about his work to convince Southern Baptist leaders to support marriage equality.[3]

Leaving evangelicalism[edit]

In March 2016, Robertson wrote an op-ed for Time magazine in which he claimed that he could not "in good conscience, remain aligned with the modern manifestation of the [evangelical] movement."[4] Robertson's writing and work now focus on mindfulness, contemplation, and a "spirituality of wonder", rather than espousing traditional doctrines or dogmas of a particular religious denomination.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Strength In Faith: A 52-Week Devotional For Men (Rockridge Press, 2020)
  • Nomad: A Spirituality For Traveling Light (Augsburg Books, 2020)
  • The Gospel of Inclusion: The Christian Case for LGBT+ Inclusion (Cascade Books, 2019)
  • True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace (Chalice Press, 2018)
  • Gay and Christian, No Contradiction (Metanoia Media, 2017)
  • Nomad: A Spirituality for Travelling Light (DLT Books, 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dias, Elizabeth. "Young Evangelical Leader Loses Book Deal After Coming Out". Time. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  2. ^ Robertson, Brandan. "The Story Behind Our Launch". Time. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Evangelizing Marriage Equality Among Evangelicals". MSNBC. MSNBC. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  4. ^ Robertson, Brandan (March 8, 2016). "Conservative Politics Are Corrupting Evangelicalism". Time.