Last year I put out a call for a Queer Theology Synchroblog. In August the synchroblog happened and it was awesome! So we’re gonna do it again! Here is the official call for this year’s synchroblog!
As we approach the synchroblog I’ve been doing a bit of writing about Queer Theology (and will continue to) until the new synchroblog goes live. I’ve written a Quick and Dirty Intro. to Queer Theology and a post on Why Queer Theology Matters.
Today let’s talk about bodies! We all have them. Some of us love our bodies and some of us don’t. Some of us have complicated relationships with our bodies that change over the course of the day or the hour.
We are told by society what to do with our bodies. How they should look, how they should dress, how they should act, and who we should love with them. This isn’t just queer people, this is all people. Queer theology opens up a space for all of us, queer, straight, cisgender, trans*, to talk about bodies.
Christianity, when it is at its best, is a religion about bodies. It’s about eating together and drinking together. It’s about caring for one another in a very physical way. It’s about liberation from the oppression of poverty and violence and greed. It’s about bodies that are fed and touched and loved.
It is easy for me to get caught up in the intellectual, to get wrapped up in the words and the theories and forget to live into my body. But when I can remember to pray (the motion of kneeling and of crossing myself), when I can get to Eucharist (the tactile, sensual act of eating bread and drinking wine), when I can remember that Jesus walked dusty roads, touched lepers, ate grain, then I can remember to be in my body.
For me, queer theology is a reminder of my body. My complicated relationship with it. The ways that I have hated it and loved it. Queer theology reminds me that bodies matter. That physical safety matters. That the way we live and love and move through the world as bodied people matters. It calls us back to remembering that our bodies are holy even as they are complicated. They are holy even when we need to change them. They are holy even when society condemns them.
And if we can reclaim our bodies as holy, that is the most revolutionary act of all.