Queer Theology Syncroblog 2013!by Fr. Shannon Kearns
At QueerTheology.com we believe that queer people have more to offer the world than what we are not. We believe that queer and trans* people have voices that matter; we have insights into theology and faith that deepen the conversation not just for other queer people but for non-queer people as well.
We believe that queer theology is about so much more than the clobber passages; about convincing people that we are worthy of love and of a place in religious community. We believe that the conversation around queer and trans* experience needs to be led by queer and trans* people.
Over the past two years Fr. Shay has hosted a synchroblog on queer theology, this year we’ve decided to move it to this site and to make it even bigger. The idea of the synchroblog is simple: On a certain day (this year, Tuesday October 1st) a group of people write on the same topic.
Our theme this year is “Queer Creation”
Our theme this year (submitted by @awhooker via twitter) is “Queer Creation”. You could write about the creation story from a queer perspective, about the queerness you find in creation, about how queer people create theology, etc. You can take this in any direction you want. It’s about creating new and vibrant queer theologies.
We want as many people to participate as possible, so please spread this call far and wide. You can post this graphic on your FB page, share it on twitter, use in on your blog, or send it to a friend via email.
Just a reminder: This is really about highlighting the gift of queer theology to the church and the world. This is not about apologetics, not about convincing other people that we are worthy, or that we should be given rights. All of those things have their place, but this is about something different. This is a time to focus on the positive contributions. The synchroblog is open to people of all faith traditions.
This Year’s Entries
Queering Our Reading of the Bible by Dwight Welch
Queer Creation in art: Who says God didn’t create Adam and Steve? by Kittrdge Cherry
Of The Creation of Identity (Also the Creation of Religion) by Colin & Terri
God, the Garden, & Gays: Homosexuality in Genesis by Brian G. Murphy, for Queer Theology
Created Queerly–Living My Truth by Casey O’Leary
Creating Theology by Fr. Shannon Kearns
Initiation by Blessed Harlot
B’reishit: The Divine Act of Self-Creation by Emily Aviva Kapor
Queer Creation: Queering the Image of God by Alan Hooker
Queer Creation by Ric Stott
Eunuch-Inclusive Esther–Queer Theology 101 by Peterson Toscano
Valley of Dry Bones by Jane Brazelle
Queer Creation: Queer Angel by Tony Street
The Great Welcoming by Anna Spencer
Queer Creation by Billy Flood
The Mystery of an Outlandishly Queer Creation by Susan Cottrell
We’ve Been Here All Along by Brian Gerald Murphy
God Hirself: A Theology by T. Thorn Coyle
The Objectification of God by Marg Herder
Coming Out As Embodiments of God Herself by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
An Interview by Katy
On Creation and Belonging by Andrew Watson
Creation by Liam Haakon Smith
Practically Creating Practical Queer Theology by Talia Johnson
Inspired Possibility: Opening the Gift of the Queer Soul by Keisha McKenzie
Oh What A Difference A Pope Makes! by Hilary Howes
I’m Really Angry by John Smid
Focus on the (Chosen) Family by Brian Cubbage
The Goddex by Thorin Sorensen
Coming Out As She Was Created by Liz Dyer
‘Josephine': Reconciling My Queer Faith (VIDEO) by J Mase III, for The Huffington Post
Got questions? We’ve got answers
Okay, now on to the nitty gritty of how it works and some frequently asked questions:
What is a “Synchroblog”?
A synchroblog is when a group of people all write about the same topic on the same day and post it to their personal blogs.
How do I participate?
When you’ve written your post, post a comment including a link on this post. On Tuesday, October 1st we will compile all the links and and we’ll get it rolling! On the 1st, once our post with the links of all participating goes up it would be great if you would edit your post to include the links to all of the others participating (as that’s what makes a synchroblog really work)!
Can I make a video instead of writing a post?
Yes! Absolutely. Either embed the video into a blog post and send us that link, or send us the link to the video.
Do I have to be a theologian/academic/Christian?
No, no, and no! While QueerTheology.com focuses on Christian theology, this synchroblog is open to anyone who wants to write on the topic! Offer a personal reflection, a poem, or a video. Write about this from a Jewish perspective, from a Muslim perspective, from a Pagan perspective. If the topic of “Queer Creation” doesn’t resonate with you, or if you feel that queer theology isn’t important than maybe this synchroblog isn’t for you, but that’s totally your call.
I’m not queer or trans*, can I write a post?
We would really love for folks who want to be in solidarity with the queer and trans* community to use this opportunity to signal boost the voices of queer and trans* people. We would love for you to have a queer or trans* friend write a guest post for your blog, interview a queer or trans* friend about how their faith has been deepened by being queer, etc. And of course, we want you to read along and be inspired by the participants.
I don’t have a blog, can I still participate
If you don’t have a blog but would like to participate, please send us an email and we’ll work something out!
I’m still confused: What do I do (or my question wasn’t answered here)?
Send us an email and we’ll try to walk you through it.
Please spread this call far and wide.