Posts tagged queer theology
#GCNConf and the Power of Being Seen

And that’s what the GCN conference is really all about. That’s what queer, church, feminist community is really all about – that moment when one person says to another, “We’re here. Come be with us.” And it’s a presence rooted in true intimacy, in the knowledge of recognizing the people standing before us as people, of coming alongside them to lift that burden of shame and pain and weariness so unique to existence as a queer individual of faith. We all have stories and we all crave to be recognized, to be known. GCN taught me that one of the most outstanding acts of love an individual can perform is just to listen, to say, “I see you. You are not alone.”

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Queering Theology: Subversion and Grace

We’ve been fed this falsehood about what subversion is in American evangelicalism. We worship a Christ in our own image – a European, cisgender, heterosexual Christ who is more interested in making sure you don’t have to provide your employees with birth control than with whether or not you just made someone homeless by firing them because they’re gay.

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Queering Theology: Atonement and Liberation

When it comes to queer theology, not a lot of people have a good starting point when it comes to explaining important theologies like atonement. Especially in American evangelicalism, orthodoxy is impressed upon us as having one meaning and one interpretation. The “plain reading” of scripture becomes the mask for extremely complex and historical theologies that have been developed over centuries. We’re at the top of a mountain of knowledge, and we’ve convinced ourselves that our 21st century “plain readings” somehow magically create orthodoxy.

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Queering the Church: Being Safe People

Part of the frustration of being a queer Christian in the church is that we often feel alone, and we feel like we’re managing other people’s problems as well as our own. We often become the token queer, the one who is brought into discussions we don’t necessarily want to be involved in and invoked to defend something we don’t really want to know about. So, ally pastors, don’t do that – don’t be that “I have a queer friend” guy, don’t out us to other, and don’t co-opt us into your agendas. Just because we’re at your church doesn’t mean we share your opinions and want to be called into an argument. In the question of queer identity and queer issues, you take your cues from us.

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Queering Theology: We Exist

One of the boundaries queer theology destroys is this faux-objectivity around the interpretation of Scripture. Queer theology says that love means God created us and that we can see ourselves in God’s Word. This means that restricting scripture to solely be interpreted by one people group – through the subtle emphasis on “objective” reading or the outright rejection of queer and female readings as “sinful” – is a problem because it places bounds on God’s ability to work God’s love for God’s people.

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