Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots in New York City, Pacific School of Religion is proud to support leading-edge scholarship that celebrates the lives, relationships, and spiritual insights of LGBTQ people. These summer session courses are designed for the Certificate of Sexuality and Religion program but they are open to students from any program and also to the wider public for continuing education units (CEUs). Distance students may join remotely via Zoom.
Homosexuality and the Christian Tradition
Instructor: Bernard Schlager
June 3 – 14, M – F, 8:30am – 12:30pm
This course 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 on contemporary debates.
Queer / Christian Theology
Instructor: Jay Emerson Johnson
June 17 – 28, M – F, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Beyond apologetic arguments for more inclusive Christian faith communities, what kind of positive contributions can LGBTQ-identified people make to the ongoing evolution of Christian theological ideas? This course invites an exploration of classical Christian ideas with the insights and strategies drawn from a variety of queer theorists. We’ll consider ways in which this kind of exploration illustrates how Christianity itself is inherently queer and how this queerness can shape movements for social change and transformation.