Courage to Love by Barry Stopfel
A Gay Priest Stands Up for His Beliefs

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No one should have to endure what Rev. Barry Stopfel and his gay companion Will Leckie have. As a Christian, Stopfel loves God; so much so that he committed his life to serving the church as an Episcopal priest. He has also committed himself to a relationship with the person he loves, Will Leckie. In his eyes, loving God and loving Will need not be mutually exclusive. And Barry and Will have paid a high price for their love of God and each other.

Until 1995, the personal cost was a private matter, which took its toll on each individually and on their relationship. But then the Episcopal Church decided to put retired Bishop Walter Righter on trial for heresy, because he had ordained Barry as an openly gay priest. All Barry wanted to do was serve the Lord he loved through full-time ministry in the church, yet his openly homosexual lifestyle forced him into the spotlight of theological and public debate.

Stopfel and Leckie's life together is a microcosm of our turbulent times. Homosexuality is a hot-button issue for us, and raises questions about legal recognition of same-sex marriages, health care and benefits for same-sex partners, job discrimination, homophobia, AIDS. This book boldly tells of the personal struggles of the authors and draws in readers with its wide-ranging implications.

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Published May 19, 1997 by Doubleday. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Leckie and Stopfel were, as Leckie puts it, ``just two guys who loved each other.'' Their love, humor, and forgiveness resonate from every page.

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On September 30, 1990, Episcopalian Bishop Walter Righter ordained Barry Stopfel as a deacon in the Diocese of Newark.

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