Last summer I put out a call for a Queer Theology Synchroblog and in August of 2011 a great group of people participated. So it’s time for another one! The date of this year’s synchroblog is going to be October 10. On each Wednesday from now until then, I will post some reflections on Queer Theology. The official call for the synchroblog (with the theme and the instructions) will go up next Wednesday, so keep checking back!
The Gospel has always been good news to people on the margins. Jesus hung out with tax collectors and fishermen and women. He hung out with all of the people who the establishment said weren’t worthy or were less than. And those people were the first to hear and understand the good news of the Kingdom of God. Queer folks are on the margins. We need to hear this good news, and once we’ve heard it we have ways to make it speak to others. Queer folks are some of the most deeply spiritual people I know.
Queer people need it. We need to see our own lives and hear our own stories reflected in our sacred tradition. We need a counter to the theology of sin and damage. We need to know that we are precious and holy and beloved. We also need to know that our stories matter. We need to see ourselves in the text. We need to understand a queer Christ and embrace him as our own.
There is a lot of theology about queer people and we need more by queer people. Lots of people have written (both for and against) the humanity and the rights of queer people. We need more spaces to speak for ourselves; to tell the stories of our bodies and our lives, to tell the stories of a wonderfully queer God, to talk about the depth of queer experience.
Queer theology isn’t just for or about queer people. It’s about all bodies, all genders and gender expressions (including cisgender and binary people), it’s about wholeness for all people.
It’s a gift to the church. It’s a new way of looking and understanding that can provide solace and space for all people. And it’s beautiful.
That’s why queer theology matters.