Posts by Bernard Schlager

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52 Ways #44: Create a Genuine Welcome for Your LGBTQ Congregants

by Bernard Schlager

Everyone can distinguish a genuine welcome from one that is half-hearted and it is not difficult for LGBTQ people to realize whether they are welcomed or not in a particular congregation. Merely posting a welcome sign or publishing a statement of acceptance does not prove, of course, that a congregation is actually welcoming and inclusive. […]

52 Ways #43: Create a Community of Care for Your LGBTQ Congregants I: What is Welcome?

by Bernard Schlager

Baptist minister Jacki Belile recommends a three-fold task for congregations seeking to welcome LGBTQ people: “Take into account the depth of people’s betrayal and pain at the hands of the institutional church in all the dimensions of fellowship, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care”; Offer “significant opportunities for LGBT people to have visibility, voice and leadership […]

52 Ways #39: Support Banned and Challenged Books

by Bernard Schlager

If you visit American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019 and 2020, you will notice that a large percentage of them were targeted because they include positive portrayals of LGBTQ people.  When these books are removed or not included in libraries—particularly public and school libraries—people lose access to useful and affirming information […]

52 Ways #38: Highlight LGBTQ Religious History

by Bernard Schlager

Any time of the year is a good time to talk about the fact that religious people have been advocating for LGBTQ inclusion for quite a while and, as we approach June, the month of LGBTQ Pride, now offers you a great opportunity to investigate the movement for LGBTQ equality within your tradition. You can […]

CLGS is Accepting Applications for Our 2021-2022 Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort!

by Bernard Schlager

Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort Application Click here to apply for the 2021-2022 Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort! The application deadline is 22 June 2021 A Year-Long Leadership Development Program for Transgender, Nonbinary, and Gender-Nonconforming Seminarians For the last eight years, CLGS, the Freedom Center for Social Justice and the National LGBTQ Task Force have sponsored a program for transgender, nonbinary, […]

Homosexuality and the Christian Tradition: A Summer 2021 ONLINE Graduate Course

by Bernard Schlager

Homosexuality and the Christian Tradition A Summer 2021 ONLINE Graduate Course Pacific School of Religion 14–18 June and 21–25 June 2021: 8:30am to 12:30pm (Pacific Time)   This 3-credit online course offers an historical overview and survey of attitudes toward homoeroticism and homosexuality in ancient, medieval, and modern Christianity in the West and in present-day […]

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 […]