Posts by Bernard Schlager

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52 Ways #16: Support LGBTQ People During the Holidays

by Bernard Schlager

When our families are supportive, it makes a huge difference for LGBTQ people. But not everyone has family support … and the holidays can be especially challenging for some people. As the December holidays approach, make plans now to reach out to those who may be feeling isolated. Think about how the language of sermons […]

52 Ways #15: Create a Calendar of LGBTQ Events for Next Year

by Bernard Schlager

Get ready for next year by planning ahead to recognize important holidays and events in LGBTQ communities.  You can work with the leadership of your community of faith to incorporate these into worship, educational programs, outreach events, and more.  Select which holidays, events, and commemorations are most applicable to your situation and make plans accordingly. […]

52 Ways #14: Support Your Local LGBTQ Community Center

by Bernard Schlager

Many communities, large and small, have LGBTQ Community Centers or local groups.  One way to show your support is to support them and get involved with these important gathering spots for the community. Visit to find a community center in your state or city. Here are some suggestions: Meet with community center leadership and […]

Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals: A January 2021 ONLINE Graduate Course with Rev. Dr. Debra Haffner

by Bernard Schlager
Jan 2021 CSR Course - Haffner

CLGS is excited to be co-sponsoring this ONLINE course in January 2021 for religious professionals and graduate students, including those in Pacific School of Religion’s Certificate of Sexuality and Religion program! This online course offers students the knowledge and skills they need to address sexuality issues in their current and future ministries.  The course will begin with opportunities […]

52 Ways #11: Commemorate Transgender of Remembrance

by Bernard Schlager

Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual day of mourning that is observed every year on November 20th as a way to honor lives lost to anti-trans violence.  The first TDOR was observed in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in honor of her friend Rita Hester, who was slain in an act of transphobic […]

CLGS Is Seeking a Coordinator for our Asian/Pacific Islander Roundtable!

by Bernard Schlager

The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) is seeking a Coordinator for our Asian/Pacific Islander Roundtable. For a full Job Description for this part-time position (currently 20 hours per month), click here. Job Summary The Coordinator provides theological expertise; programmatic and convening support; and ministerial services to the Asian and Pacific Islander […]

Civil but Not Sacred: Pope Francis on Same-Sex Unions

by Bernard Schlager

Considered from the vantage point of pastoral care, Pope Francis’ recent approval of civil unions for same-sex couples, captured in the film documentary Francesco, can be taken as a positive, albeit small, step in the Catholic Church’s long and decidedly negative relationship with lesbian and gay people.  By reaffirming the stance he took on civil […]