LGBTQ Solidarity

Serving in Solidarity With LGBTQ Young Adults and their Families

With the publication of his book Changing Our Mind in 2014, 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 LGBTQ issue has been fundamentally misunderstood as a sexual ethics issue; actually, it is a youth health/mental health and family cohesion issue, especially for LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ people. 

Gun Violence

Dr. Gushee believes that gun violence in the United States is a moral emergency and an obvious, barely addressed public health crisis. He has written about gun violence in his book, Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends and in columns such as this piece in Religion News Service.

Human Rights and Torture

For three years Dr. Gushee served as the President of Evangelicals for Human Rights (EHR) which supported and partnered with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). These efforts continued for several more years in his work with the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. These groups pressed for full respect for human rights in U.S. counterterrorism policy and zero tolerance for torture. Dr. Gushee, along with 17 other scholars, was the principal drafter of An Evangelical Declaration Against Torture. Dr. Gushee’s work on the torture issue culminated in his involvement in the national Detainee Task Force of the Constitution Project, which released its report in April 2013. Today he serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Victims of Torture.

Death Penalty

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.

Climate Change

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 to bring the nation's leading scientists together with evangelicals for care of 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 being a part of an episode of OnBeing with host Krista Tippett where he dialogues with Frances Kissling, a longtime reproductive rights activist.

Nuclear Weapons

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.

Racial Justice

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. Linked here is his American Academy of Religion presidential address in November 2018, which focused on what historic and contemporary African-American novels have to say about white Christian racism.

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 previously served on the board of Sojourners, led by Jim Wallis. He strongly supports their mission and is a contributing editor for the magazine.