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Education and Training for Scholars, Faith Communities, and Activists

Upcoming Events 

Proud2BME: Transgender Holistic Health Fair 2015

May 2, 2015, Pacific School of Religion, 9:00am-6:00pm
This is an all-day fair with lectures, workshops, and panels that pertain to the spiritual, physical and emotional healthcare of trans and other gender-variant people and those who love them. Click Here For More Information

CLGS News & Commentary 

2015 LGBT Religious History Award Announcement

The LGBT Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) honors Brett Krutzsch with the 2014-15 LGBT Religious History Award.  Krutzsch’s “The Martyrdom of Matthew Shepard,” was selected by the review jury to receive this award. Krutzsch's dissertation, “Martyrdom and American Gay History: Secular Advocacy, Christian Ideas, and Gay Assimilation,” investigates the role of religious rhetoric in facilitating American gay assimilation through an analysis of gay martyr discourses from the 1970s through 2014. Read Full Press Release Here. 

Black LGBT Faith Leaders United Statement

Black LGBT Religious Leaders Act with Historically Black Churches to declare “Black Bodies Matter.” LGBT Black Christians and faith leaders join tens of thousands of historically Black congregations/denominations and allies to wear black to church on Sunday, December 14 in response to police brutality: “Black LGBT bodies must matter, too!” Read Full Press Release Here.  

Transitioning to Inclusion

CLGS has recentley published, Transition to Inclusion: A guide to welcoming transgender children and their families in your community of faith. This resource was written by Kelsey Pacha and made possible by a grant from the Atkinson Foundation. We plan to make this resource available nationwide. Click Here For More Information.  

Were some Catholic saints transgender? Berkeley show raises eyebrows

Kimberly Winston of Religion News Service published this article about Alma Lopez's art exhibition, "Queer Santas, Holy Violence" sponsored by CLGS and the Center for th Arts, Religion and Education at Pacific School of Religion on November 6, 2014. The article begins, "Step into the one-room art gallery inside the Pacific School of Religion  and look closely at the saints in the paintings:  Some have beards; some have buzz cuts; some have their breasts obscured; some appear in unisex clothes like tanks tops and jeans." Click Here to Read the Full Article.  

CLGS' Pastoral Care and LGBT Seniors Project

With a generous grant from the San Francisco FAITHS Program, CLGS began an outreach in 2013 to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors in residential care in the Bay Area. The program offers pastoral care and chaplaincy visits to seniors who are residing in group facilities or are shut-ins. In addition to this direct service, CLGS has also produced a written resource for clergy about the particular needs of LGBT seniors Click Here For More Information.  

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 

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. 

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