Serving in Solidarity With LGBT Young Adults and their Families
With the publication of his book Changing Our Mind in 2015, Dr. Gushee immediately became catapulted into activism related to perhaps the most controversial issue in our nation today. He believes the primary issue, or at least his primary call, is to address the fundamental basis of anti-gay sentiment at its religious taproot. He believes the LGBT issue has been fundamentally misunderstood as a sexual ethics issue; actually, it is a youth health/mental health and family cohesion issue, especially for LGBT young people from religiously conservative families.
In November 2014 Dr. Gushee spoke at the Reformation Project in Washington D.C. Here is the video of his moving speech calling for the Church to end the teaching of contempt toward LGBT people.
Dr. Gushee believes the death penalty should be abolished. He has spoken and written frequently about the issue. Recently he strongly endorsed this important new book by Shane Claiborne.
Evangelical-Progressive Dialogue and Common Ground Activism
Working in partnership with Third Way and other contexts, Dr. Gushee has been involved in numerous Evangelical-Progressive dialogue efforts to move toward creative common ground policy measures in contested "culture wars" arenas including LGBT rights, abortion reduction, and immigration. He supports comprehensive immigration reform, gun safety legislation, health care reform, common sense abortion reduction strategies, global women’s rights and health advances, and LGBT employment rights and relationship recognition within the context of religious liberty protections.
In October of 2007, Dr. Gushee spoke about his work to try and end the "culture wars."
Dr. Gushee was the main drafter of the Evangelical Climate Initiative (2006). An initiative of the Evangelical Environmental Network, the ECI statement argues that human-induced climate change is a serious moral issue that requires Christians, policymakers, and others to take immediate action. He remains involved in climate-related efforts, and has worked with the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School on ongoing efforts ot bring the nation's leading scientists together with evangelicals for care fo creation. Today he remains in dialogue with various scientific, ethical, and religious leaders and organizations to work on these issues.
Dr. Gushee seeks to adhere to a consistent sacredness of life ethic. He has written and spoken consistently against our culture’s abortion practices, believing that abortion is primarily a cultural rather than a policy issue. He has participated in dialogue efforts such as this event with host Krista Tippett.
For nearly thirty years, Dr. Gushee has been involved in peacemaking efforts and concerned especially about nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation. He has supported the Two Futures Project, which aims at getting the United States to embrace a goal of zero nuclear weapons as a national policy, and to lead in international negotiations for a world without nuclear weapons.
Dr. Gushee is committed to the Christian ethical norm that marriage is to be entered into carefully and to last for life. He has prepared dozens of couples for marriage, performed numerous weddings, and with his wife Jeanie has led numerous marriage enrichment classes.
Dr. Gushee believes that racism is indeed “America’s original sin”. He frequently speaks out for racial justice in a variety of arenas, such as in policing, education, and criminal justice.
Peacemaking in the Middle East
Dr. Gushee cares deeply about issues related to Israel and Palestine. He supports a balanced just peacemaking approach equally committed to the rights and the well-being of Israelis and Palestinians, and equally resistant to unbalanced American Christian approaches of either the right or the left. He is pro-peace, pro-justice, pro-Israel, and pro-Palestine, and believes this is the only way forward for all concerned.
Dr Gushee serves actively on the board of Sojourners, led by Jim Wallis. He strongly supports their mission and writes frequently for their excellent magazine.