The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry

Education and Training for Scholars, Faith Communities, and Activists

Upcoming Events 

CLGS Fall Open House
September 4,  4:00pm-5:30pm, PSR Holbrook Room 210

Come join the CLGS Staff in kicking off the fall semester at PSR with a wine and cheese reception. Learn all about our upcoming events, programs, and resources and how to get involved with the work of the Center. 

"Families are Forever" Film Screening & Discussion
September 7,  7:00pm-9:30pm, PSR Mudd Building, Room 100

CLGS and will host a screening of Families Are Forever, a powerful family education film – based on groundbreaking research from the Family Acceptance Project at SF State University – that shows the journey to acceptance and support of a devout Mormon family with a young gay son. Click Here For More Information.  

Matthew Shepard Meets Coyote, SF Fringe Festival
September 5, 14, 17, 20,  Exit Stage Left Theatre

Blending Christianity, Native American folklore, and modern spirituality, playwright and GTU professor Harry C. Cronin interprets the final moments of Matthew Shepard’s life as manipulated by the trickster god of the American West as performed in a witty and poignant solo performance by Christopher P. Kelly. CLGS and the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) are co-sponsoring this production. Click Here For More Information. 

CLGS News & Commentary 

New Online Exhibit Features First Gay-Positive Report by a Religious Group

CLGS' LGBT Religious Archives Network ( has released a new online exhibition that portrays the dramatic story of 11 British Quakers responsible for the groundbreaking 1963 report Towards a Quaker View of Sex. Read Press Release Here

2014 Multi-Religious Transgender Summit - Call for Papers

We are currently seeking paper proposals for our upcoming conference October 30-November 1, 2014, to be held on the campus of the Pacific School of Religion. We seek proposals for academic papers that address themes of religious community, theology, and spiritual care as these topics intersect with transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and trans* identity, gender variance, and trans* activism. Read the Call for Papers Here. 

Unearthing The Surprising Religious History Of American Gay Rights Activism

The CLGS LGBT Religious Archive Network is prominently featured in this June 28, 2014 Huffington Post article focused on LBGT Religious History. Written by Jaweed Kaleem. Click Here to Read the Full Article. 

Will S.F. Archbishop promote hatred or reconciliation?

Bernard Schlager, interim president of the Pacific School of Religion and Executive Director of CLGS, discusses Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's decision to speak at the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) anti-LGBT rally in Washington D.C. on June 19th. Click Here to Read the Full Article. 

Urge San Francisco Archbishop to Cancel Appearance with 
Anti-LGBT Extremists

While 57% of Catholics now support the freedom to marry and many Catholic leaders, including Pope Francis, have made affirming statements about LGBT people, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is planning to march alongside some of the most hateful anti-LGBT extremists in the nation at the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) rally in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2014. Sign the petition urging Archbishop Cordileone not to participate in anti-LGBT march. Click Here To Read More. 

Moral Monday Issues Forum attracts diverse crowd

The Umoja Project was one of five organizations that organized the Moral Monday Issues Forum on Monday, February 3rd in Hickory, North Carolina. The Umoja Project, The Hickory Branch NAACP, the Catawba County NAACP, the Greater Hickory Ministerial Alliance, and Faith in America partnered to draw clergy, lay leaders and community representatives to this one-day conference.Click Here to Read the Full Article.  

Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism

Since 1640, the Pilgrim Press has published cutting-edge books that challenged convention and irritated church and crown. That edgy tradition continues as Pilgrim Press announces the release of Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism by Minnesota author and ally, RW Holmen. The book chronicles the journey of gay and lesbian Christians to be fully accepted and fully included in the congregations of mainline Christianity. The book contains five sections, one for each of the principal mainline denominations (UCC, UMC, ELCA, PC(USA), and Episcopal). Click Here To Read the Full Press Release

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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