A huge thanks to a friend of mine who recently pointed me to Space at the Table: Conversations Between an Evangelical Theologian and his Gay Son. And to Zeal Books, too, for taking the risk of publishing this brief, dual memoir. It’s a beautiful book, one that tells the best kind of story. I can only hope that droves of both Christians and members of the LBGTQ community will read and learn it, as it’s the best attempt I’ve seen of taking both of these “sides” seriously, of seeing the kind of nuance and complexity that the issues the book brings up deserve. Along with the publisher, I also suspect that the book will make both communities uncomfortable, and that the discomfort could be productive if handled well. I won’t be able to fully replicate the book’s beauty and usefulness here, but I’ll try my best to give you a glimpse of what I read and heard.
About a year-and-a-half ago, Mindy Weaver-Flask and I took a graduate class together in Indianapolis. She is a mother, a wife, a writer, a high-school-English teacher, and also manages to run her own business: Women Writing for a Change. Upon meeting her, it was apparent that she is the kind of person to move beyond pleasantries and get to someone’s heart. I appreciated that in her, and we have since become friends. Here is the transcript of a conversation we had.