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Dr. Bernard Schlager, Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies Executive Director; Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion; Director, Certificate of Sexuality and Religion

510/849-8278 | bschlager@psr.edu

Dr. Bernard Schlager, Associate Professor of Historical & Cultural Studies and Executive Director, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion, received his PhD from Yale University in the history of medieval and Latin American Christianity, and he has taught at the University of New Hampshire, Trinity College, and Yale. Professor Schlager was one of the original staff members of the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) when it was founded in 2000. Since then he has held a number of positions at CLGS, including program director and interim deputy director, before becoming executive director in 2009. In addition, he directs the development and advancement work of the Center, directs in the Certificate in Sexuality and Religion Program (CSR) at PSR, and serves as an editorial consultant for the CLGS/Pilgrim Press Book series.

Dr. Schlager’s research interests include queer studies, the history of Christianity, LGBT pastoral care, and medieval social and religious history. He has published articles on ancient church history, medieval hagiography, the history of sexuality, and the history of education, and has co-authored a book with David Kundtz, Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk: LGBT Pastoral Care (2007).

Academic Credentials
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy St. John’s University (Minnesota), 1981
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Phi Beta Kappa), St. Louis University, 1985
Graduate work in theology and pastoral studies, Aquinas Institute of Theology: 1983-1985
Master of Arts in Philosophy (with distinction), Boston College, 1987
Doctorate of Philosophy, Master of Arts, and Master of Philosophy in Medieval European and Colonial Latin American History, 1996

Selected Publications

“Christ and the Homosexual: An Early Manifesto for an Affirming Christian Ministry To Homosexuals,” in Theology & Sexuality (forthcoming)

“Christ and the Homosexual: A Manifesto Unheard,” from the Beyond “Lesbians and Gay in the Church” Conference, Birkbeck, University of London. (25 September 2015)

Book Review of “From Priest’s Whore to Pastor’s Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation” in The Historian (Forthcoming)

Book Review of “Francis of Assisi: A New Biography” by Augustine Thompson, in The Historian
75:3
(Fall 2013)

“Let’s Hear It For Catholic Leaders Who Defend Marriage Equality!” on Huffington Post: Religion Section (18 June 2012)

“How About a Prayer for All Marriages (And All Committed Relationships Rooted in Love)?” on Huffington Post: Gay Voices Section (3 January 2012)

Adviser to “The Vanguard History Project.” GLBT Historical Society, San Francisco. September 2010 to July 2011.

Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk: LGBT Pastoral Care with co-author David Kundtz (2007)

Book Review of “The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages” by Katherine Ludwig Jansen, in The Historian 65:4 (Summer, 2003)

“The Inquisition,” in Reader’s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies (2000)

“From Classroom to Pulpit: The Sermons of Giordano da Pisa,” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan (7 May 1999)

“Missionizing the World: Gregorian Ideas on Pagan and Jewish Conversion” at the New England Medieval Conference, Plymouth State University (17 April 1999)

“Foundresses of the Franciscan Life: Umiliana Cerchi and Margaret of Cortona,” in Viator 29 (1998)

“The Present State of Medieval Studies.” at the President’s Lecture Series, Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire (8 December, 1998)

“Late Medieval Mendicant Women,” at the New England Medieval Conference, Plymouth State University (15 April 1998)

“Gregory the Great on the Rights of Jewish Converts” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan (4 May 1995)

“Early Christian Theories on Education” at the Yale University Classics Department Lecture Series (16 March 1994)

“Saints Basil and John Chrysostom on the Education of Christian Children,” in Greek Orthodox Theological Review 36, No. 1 (Summer 1991)

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