Dr. Nancy Wilson
Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales
Dr. Genilma Boehler
Dr. Genilma Boehler
Dr. Theodore Jennings
Dr. Kelby Harrison
Dr. Luis N. Rivera Pagán
The Darlene Garner Institute for Iberoamerican Leadership Formation of the Metropolitan Community Churches and the Theologies Team of the Metropolitan Community Churches have coordinated a series of webinars for 2014 in memory of Argentinian theologian Marcella Althaus-Reid.
The webinars will be virtual encounters with theologians with theological proposals from an intertextual and displacement hermeneutics that allow participants to look at authoritative discourses of Christian traditions from gender perspectives and from the bodies as spaces for theological thinking and pastoral practices.
Prestigious theologians will present seven webinars of queering God’s talk. Participants will be able to access a live conference or watch it at a later time online. Lectures will be offered in Spanish, Portuguese, and English; papers will be accessible online in the same languages.
“I have said elsewhere that theology is a sexual act, and therefore to reflect on the theologian, her vocation, role and risks means to take seriously the changing geographies of Christian Kneelings, and confessionary movements, and how they relate to positions of affection in Christian theology. In this way queering who the theologian is, and what is her role and vocation is a reflection on locations, closely linked to the locale’s events and spaces made of our concrete and sensual actions.”
on The Queer God
15 September 2014
The Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson was elected to the position of Global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) in 2005, following the retirement of the Founder of MCC, Rev. Elder Troy Perry, and in July 2010, she was re-elected for a term of six years. She is only the second person, and the first woman to serve in that role since the founding of Metropolitan Community Churches.
Rev. Wilson obtained her B.A. from Allegheny College, her M.Div. from St. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and is a D.Min. from Episcopal Divinity School.
Rev. Wilson has been the official delegate of MCC to the World Council of Churches General Assemblies in Canberra, Australia (1991); Harare, Zimbabwe (1998); and Porto Alegre, Brazil (2006). In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Rev. Wilson to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Following President Obama’s re-election in 2013, Rev. Wilson gave a Scripture reading at the Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and was the first openly gay clergy member to participate.
Rev. Wilson’s recent published works include Outing the Bible: Queer Folks, God, Jesus, and the Christian Scriptures (LifeJourney Press, 2013); Outing the Church: 40 Years in the Queer Christian Movement (LifeJourney Press, 2013); and Nossa Tribo: Gays, Deus, Jesus e a Bíblia (Metanoia, 2012). Rev. Wilson has been honored with the first “Lazarus Award” from the Presbyterian Church and was invited to preach at the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion in 2002.
In May 2014, Rev. Wilson was one of four honorees to be recognized Intersections International for her humanitarian work in the area of social justice. And in honor of International Women’s Day in 2014, HuffPost selected Rev. Wilson as one of 50 “powerful religious leaders…making change in the world.”
23 September 2014
Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales is Associate Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in the city of New York (MCCNY). His responsibilities at MCCNY cover a diverse range of opportunities for the development of the life of the congregation.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he began his spiritual journey drawing on two traditions: Baptist and Disciples of Christ churches (charismatic). Because of his sexual orientation, the congregation withdrew him from lay ministry. However, his spiritual journey did not stop but continues through the ministerial work in other organizations and communities. He has served in various leadership positions in and outside of MCC.
With vast experience in academia, Rev. Danielsen-Morales has served as a professor and dean at the University of Puerto Rico. He is currently a candidate for a degree in psychoanalysis at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. He offers psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Theodor Reik Clinical Center, two organizations in the city of New York.
7 & 21 October 2014
Genilma Boehler has a degree in Theology from the Methodist University of São Paulo (1985), MA in Dogmatic Theology with a major in Missiology from the University of Our Lady of Assumption, Paraguay (2001), and MA in Religious Studies at the Methodist University of São Paulo (2003). She also has a PhD in Theology from the Graduate School of Theology (EST) in São Leopoldo, RS (2010).
Dr. Boehler currently teaches at the Latin American Biblical University, San José Costa Rica. She has experience as a university professor in the area of Theology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Humanities, Feminism and Gender focus on the following subjects: Systematic Theology, Latin American Theology, Feminist Theology, Queer Theology, Theology and Literature.
Dr. Boehler has experience with higher education and e-learning, research and university extension. Along with teaching, she has worked in social movements in several areas including rights of original nations, women, human rights, and sexual diversity.
3 November 2014
Dr. Theodore Jennings is Professor of Biblical and Philosophical Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary where he also started the program in Queer Studies in 1991. He has also taught at Emory University and at the Seminario Metodista de Mexico.
Dr. Jennings has written 20 books and scores of articles on liturgy, Bbible, theology and continental philosophy. Among those books there are four that deal with the relationship of the Bible to queer perspectives: The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament (2003, also translated into Korean and Spanish); Jacob’s Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel (2005); Plato or Paul: The Origin of Western Homophobia (2009) and most recently, An Ethic of Queer Sex: Principles and Improvisations (2014).
Dr. Jennings has lectured on homosexuality and Christian faith in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan. He has served as theological consultant to LGBT Solidarity in Human Rights in Korea and to Bisdak Pride in the Philippines. His work on Wesleyan theology has been published in Spanish and Portuguese.
In all of his work of teaching, writing, and lecturing, he is committed to the Gospel becoming good news for all who yearn for justice and generosity and joy and to exposing the powers of domination, division and death. In his early 70s he took up competitive running (including half marathons and a sprint triathalon) and enjoys figure drawing. He lives in Chicago with his wife of more than 40 years; they also share a home in Mexico.
17 November 2014
Rev. Dr. Kelby Harrison was ordained as a minister with Metropolitan Community Church on 15 December 2013. After having completed her Ph.D. in Ethics, Gender and Sexuality from Northwestern University (2010); she was the post-doctoral fellow in Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, where she taught Christian ethics, philosophy of religion, and LGBT social ethics.
Rev. Harrison trained as a hospital chaplain at UCLA – Santa Monica Medical Center. Furthermore, she is the author of the book Sexual Deceit: The Ethics of Passing with Lexington Press and co-editor of the anthology, Passing/Out: Identity Veiled and Revealed with Ashgate Press.
Rev. Harrison is excited to participate in the theological future of MCC. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, and is the proud parent of two toy poodle pups: Anzu and Sakura.
10 December 2014
Luis N. Rivera Pagán is a retired professor of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and Emeritus Professor of Ecumenical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. However is difficult to imagine Dr. Pagán as a retired professor as he is continues to present at conferences and write academic papers.
Dr. Rivera-Pagán earned an M.Div. at Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico in 1966, S.T.M. (1967) and M.A. (1968) at Yale University. He earned his PhD in 1970, also at Yale, with the dissertation Unity and Truth: The Unity of God, Man, Jesus Christ, and the Church in Irenaeus, under Jaroslav Pelikan. Dr. Rivera-Pagán pursued post-doctoral studies at University of Tübingen, Germany.
During 1970 and 2003 Rivera-Pagán was Professor of Systematic Theology at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Professor of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico. Between 1999 and 2000, Rivera-Pagán was the John Alexander Mackay Visiting Professor on World Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. This position, held during his sabbatical year, led to his appointment in 2003 to the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary as the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Ecumenics and Mission. In June 2007 he retired with the status of Professor- emeritus.
Rivera-Pagán is a prolific author who wrote, co-authored, edited, and co-edited dozens of books, journal issues, chapters, articles, and reviews in books and journals.
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