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52 Ways #8: Welcome and Support LGBTQ Seniors

by CLGSAdminy1

Seniors are important members of our faith communities, attending services, volunteering, contributing to committees and much more. There are also many ways our congregations support older adults in need—visiting those who are shut-in or in nursing homes, offering social gatherings and support groups, providing meals and more. The Diverse Elders Coalition notes that there are […]

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 […]

CLGS Celebrates National Coming Out Day 2020!

by Bernard Schlager

11 October 2020 Happy National Coming Out Day! 32 years ago, the first National Coming Out Day (NCOD) was celebrated as a way to emphasize the importance of living as an “out” lesbian or gay person.  Today, NCOD is an international observance that has expanded to celebrate the many ways in which people choose to […]

An August 2020 Online Course: Gender and Sexuality in the Bible!

by Bernard Schlager

This graduate-level, 3-credit course is offered online from 3 August 2020 through 14 August 2020 (Monday thru Friday). For more information, contact Professor Sharon Jacob at: sjacob@psr.edu. This course will examine the ways in which ancient views on gender and sexuality inform and influence Biblical Texts.  We will read texts from the Jewish Scriptures and the Greco-Roman contexts […]

CLGS STATEMENT ON THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

by Bernard Schlager

2 June 2020 “The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.” – Maya Angelou The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) condemns the brutal murder of George Floyd by […]

CLGS African American Roundtable Issues Statement on Murder of George Floyd

by Bernard Schlager

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought […]

Summer 2020 Online Course: Homosexuality and the Christian Tradition

by CLGSAdminy1

This online 3-credit course (8 – 19 June 2020) 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 American Christianities. Several key figures, texts, and movements will be considered and analyzed with a view toward understanding and interpreting their impact […]

CLGS is Accepting Applications for Our 2020-2021 Trans Seminarian Cohort!

by CLGSAdminy1

Trans Seminarian Cohort Application Click here to apply for the 2020-2021 Trans Seminarian Cohort!  The application deadline is 15 June 2020.   A YEAR-LONG LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR TRANSGENDER & GENDERQUEER SEMINARIANS For the last seven years, CLGS, the Freedom Center for Social Justice and the National LGBTQ Task Force have sponsored a program for transgender and […]