Queering the Use of the Bible, Session I: Erotic Knowing and Scripture*; June 19-23

Tim KochThis course will build upon Audre Lorde’s concept of “erotic knowledge” as a queer base from which to focus on connecting our own erotic sensibilities directly to biblical texts, constructing matrices of meaning that speak to our individual and shared concerns. A broadly interdisciplinary approach will be employed and warmly welcomed, in working toward paradigms for the use of scriptural texts that are authentically liberative for queers of all sexualities, whether in or out of the academy, in or out of organized religion.

About the Instructor

Tim Koch grew up gay in a small coal-mining town in Southwestern Pennsylvania, he attended Duke University, focusing on ethics and public policy, graduating summa cum laude with Distinction in Religion. From there, he received both his M.Div. and his Ph.D. from Boston University in Religious and Theological Studies. In 2012, Tim earned a Juris Doctor from Arizona State, and is a licensed attorney and certified mediator, specializing in labor and employment law.

Koch has been ordained in both the United Methodist Church and the UFMCC and served parishes in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Tim has taught courses in ethics, religion and culture, queer theory, and history. His current research interest is in the historically similar strategies used by American religious groups to support or oppose Jim Crow laws and contemporary “Religious Freedom” laws.


Session 1

Dates:  June 19-23, M-F
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: PSR
Room: TBD
Instructor:  Koch
Credits: 1.5 (2.0 CEUs)

To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for BSRS 2333-01.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for BSRS 0001-01 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this Special Student Application to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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