Posts by Bernard Schlager

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Queering Your Spiritual Leadership
A Fall 2020 ONLINE Graduate Course

by Bernard Schlager

This online course offers a brief introduction to – and broad overview of – queer spiritual leadership as evidenced in the lives, writings, and activism of several queer leaders and organizations in US history. Students will be invited to reflect upon, articulate, and hone their own personal visions of spiritual leadership through a variety of […]

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 Mourns the Closure of the Religious Institute — and Celebrates Its Life-Changing Work

by Bernard Schlager

This week the Religious Institute, “a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive health, education, and justice in faith communities and society” announced that it would cease operations after 20 years of effective, far-reaching, and life-giving work.  To quote the recent statement issued by RI’s Board of Directors, “the work of the Religious […]

CLGS Deplores Trump’s Denial of Health Care Protections for Trans People

by Bernard Schlager

CLGS PRESS RELEASE 13 June 2020 The CLGS Transgender Roundtable, a program of the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS), deplores the recent decision of the Trump administration to deny the civil rights of Transgender people by allowing medical professionals, hospitals, and insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of gender identity. […]

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 […]