The Erotic Contemplative by Michael Bernard Kelly

The Erotic Contemplative : Reflections on the Spiritual Journey of the Gay/Lesbian Christian

Michael Bernard Kelly

November 2021, A5, 218pp

ISBN: 978-0-6451935-7-2 – paperback

ISBN: 978-0-6451935-8-9 – ebook

In 1994, Michael Bernard Kelly recorded six video lectures for the Erospirit Research Institute. The Erotic Contemplative charted a spirituality for gay and lesbian Christians grounded in the contemplative, mystical traditions of the church. Dr Joseph Kramer, who commissioned the lectures, writes: “His powerful words … seemed to come straight from his heart and right into mine. I told Michael that he was offering transformative guidance, like Joseph Campbell did in his Hero’s Journey. ‘You have described the Mystic’s Journey for Gay and Lesbian Christians.’ ”

The lectures, originally released in 1995, were digitised and re-released in 2020. Now this transcription of all the lectures is published for the first time, and includes a study guide to the series prepared by Michael Kelly.

The Erotic Contemplative is the most powerful and insightful study of Gay Spirituality that I know of. I have watched ‘The Road from Emmaus’ lecture three times, and still find new riches!”
~ John J. McNeill, PhD. Author of The Church and the Homosexual