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Filled with the SpiritSexuality, Gender, and Radical Inclusivity in a Black Pentecostal Church Coalition$
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Ellen Lewin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226537177

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226537344.001.0001

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“Just as I Am”: Revealing Authentic Selves

“Just as I Am”: Revealing Authentic Selves

(p.89) Three “Just as I Am”: Revealing Authentic Selves
Filled with the Spirit

Ellen Lewin

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the coming out experience related by TFAM members, detailing the differences from conventional accounts of coming out in the LGBT literature. The revelation of authenticity is seen as the most important dimension for members, since secrecy makes them less able to experience inhabitation by the Holy Spirit, the primary goal of revealing one's authentic self. The chapter includes various accounts of coming out, highlighting the spiritual components interlocutors report.

Keywords:   authenticity, coming out, Holy Spirit

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