Acts of Forgiveness

Faith Journeys of a Gay Priest

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About the Book

In 1980s America, coming out as gay as a father and husband was a significant journey for anyone to make. Coming out as gay as a priest guaranteed immersion into controversy, contradiction, and challenge. This book tells of The Reverend Canon Ted Karpf’s navigation of new social and romantic journeys, all within the context of his priestly vocation in the Episcopal Church. Covering from 1968 to 2018, Karpf recounts his vivid memories, life-changing dreams and resonant reflections on living a life of faith in a socially and politically tumultuous period of history. His narratives are crafted as poetic meditations on enduring values and meaning, which can remind any reader that we are neither abandoned nor alone, and that forgiveness is a fulfilling way of living in a world of contradictions.

About the Author(s)

The Reverend Canon Ted Karpf is an Episcopal priest and public health expert, certified Gestalt therapist and adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Theology. He is an international human/gay rights activist engaged community and faith-based health responses and resides and offers spiritual direction in Northern New Mexico.

Bibliographic Details

Ted Karpf

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7959-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3758-7
Imprint: Toplight

Book Reviews & Awards

“Ted Karpf is an international journeyman of hope. Acts of Forgiveness: Faith Journeys of a Gay Priest offers a rare glimpse into the life of a man who in the face of death, betrayal, and loss has been given every reason to abandon the God who loves him and yet he pilgrimages onwards. More than a memoir, Ted’s testament to the power of grace shows how abiding faith neither leaves nor abandons God but finds hope in the unavoidable tensions of the life we all share.”—The Reverend Joshua Case, Associate Rector, Christ Church, Charlotte, North Carolina