Seminary Spotlight is a feature in the Religious Institute’s newsletter Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary. Each edition, we ask a different scholar about their work at the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality. This edition we interview Rev. Leonard Curry.

Religious Institute’s Seminary Spotlight with Rev. Leonard Curry

I am currently thinking about the murders of the nine men and women at Emanuel AME Church (“the Emanuel 9”) in Charleston, South Carolina. In thinking about them, their murder, and our loss, I want to craft a work which narrates how contingency, vulnerability, structural racism, affect, black (academic and…

For millions of Americans, this rule is a threat to their religious freedom and the vision of a just society their faith traditions put forth.

Yesterday, the Trump administration released two final rules upending the birth control coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act. We know the rules will lead to more people being denied birth control coverage. But does will they also protect people of faith? The rules claims to protect “religious or moral…

Seminary Spotlight is a feature in the Religious Institute’s newsletter Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary. Each edition, we ask a different scholar about their work at the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality. This edition we interview Min. Aisha R. Thomas.

Religious Institute’s Seminary Spotlight with Minister Aisha R. Thomas

Sexuality is a way to express being and embody love.

I was in church as a young person until I was about 11 and then not again, consistently, until I was in my late 20’s. In my upbringing, sexuality didn’t exist in religious spaces. When I reflect on the period…

Seminary Spotlight is a feature in the Religious Institute’s newsletter Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary. Each edition, we ask a different scholar about their work at the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality. This edition we interview Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anderson.

Religious Institute’s Seminary Spotlight with Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anderson

Sex makes God tangible.

I did not have a religious upbringing and, as strange as it might seem, I think it may be an advantage as a scholar. My research area is the HIV and AIDS pandemic, and I try to give people who are of African descent and Christian…

Congregations that embrace bisexual+ people can help heal the suffering caused by the invisibility of bisexual+ people.

Many mainstream denominations, movements, and congregations have made significant progress in welcoming and affirming lesbian and gay people. Some congregations have begun responding to the needs and concerns of transgender people, but the “B” in the LGBTQ acronym is still largely ignored.

This Bisexuality Awareness Week, do you know if…

Seminary Spotlight is a feature in the Religious Institute’s newsletter Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary. Each edition, we ask a different scholar six questions about their work at the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality. This edition we interview Elyse Ambrose.

Religious Institute’s Seminary Spotlight with Elyse Ambrose

God calls humanity toward individual and communal wholeness, including sexuality.

I was not raised in religious spaces but garnered a sense of certain Christian understandings through our Southern culture. Relationships that were honored before God were those between a “man” and “woman,” and the proper context for sexual expression, especially…

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