‘That's not the kind of church we are’ : Heteroglossic ambiguity and religious identity in contexts of LGB+ exclusion

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-119
Journal / PublicationLanguage and Communication
Online published15 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2018
Externally publishedYes


Focusing on a formal gathering between two Christian organizations with different viewpoints on gender and sexuality, I show how speakers from both groups share narratives in which they enact and disalign from Christian figures of personhood engaged in overt exclusion of LGB + people. Because of their use of religious language these narratives operate at multiple scales, with differing levels of indirectness and various implications for religious identity and institutional values. Additionally, I argue that disalignment can generate moral norms for conduct and that the moral norms generated in this context allow for personal, but not systemic, opposition to LGB + exclusion.

Research Area(s)

  • Figures of personhood, Indirectness, LGB+ identity, Narrative, Religious language, Scale