The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
Education and Training for Scholars, Faith Communities, and Activists
Certificate in Sexuality and Religion Spring 2014 Courses:
PSR’s Certificate program prepares people for bold religious leadership on issues relating to sexuality and gender. Courses this coming spring include: Gender, Sexuality, and the New Testament; Sources for a Sex-Positive Spirituality; and Feminist Readings of LGBT Theologies. View a full listing of CSR-related courses here.
CLGS News & Commentary
Many Voices Video Campaign - Black LGBT Spirituality
On October 11th, National Coming Out Day, Many Voices began releasing polished, compelling video testimonials from Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people sharing their stories about coming up in the Black Church. A total of 6 videos will be released through November 15, just prior to Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20). Many Voices works closely with the CLGS UMOJA Project.
Seminary Presidents Urge a Yes Vote for ENDA
CLGS has gathered the support of 11 seminary presidents in urging the senate to vote Yes for the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would provide protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read the seminary presidents' letter to senate here.
CLGS Sponsors LGBT and Faith Film Festival
CLGS has signed on as a co-sponsoring organization for the On Level Ground Film Festival, being held from February 20 – March 2 in Pasadena, CA. Designed to promote dialogue among people of faith about issues of sexuality and gender, the event will include both large screenings and smaller venues for deeper conversations. The festival is accepting submissions of films —short and feature length—between now and January 1.
CLGS Applauds Pope Francis’ Message of Inclusion
(September 19, 2013, Berkeley, CA) The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) applauds Pope Francis for his bold leadership emphasizing love and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. In an extensive interview with the journal La Civiltà Cattolica this week, the pontiff took issue with the intense focus that the church has had in recent decades on homosexuality, abortion and contraception at the neglect of more central Gospel issues such as poverty. Read Full Article Here.
Welcome Justin Tanis as CLGS Managing Director!
All of us at CLGS are very pleased to announce the hiring of Justin Tanis as the new Managing Director at CLGS. With Bernie Schlager taking on responsibilities as Pacific School of Religion Dean, we created a new position at CLGS to manage all the many programs and activities of the Center – Managing Director. We are pleased indeed that Justin has agreed to take on this important role. Click Here For More Information.
Expert: New Pope Not Likely to Soften Same-Sex Marriage Opposition
Bernie Schlager, the Executive Director of CLGS, is quoted in this February 11, 2013 KQED article. "Don't expect the next pope to preside over a gay couple's marriage. Pope Benedict XVI, who announced on Monday that he will step down as head of the Catholic Church at the end of February, has taken a hard line on same-sex marriage." Read Full Article Here.
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