Queering the Inward Journey (Nov 2023)

What if we spent less time obsessing over perfection and the illusory, exhausting dream of plenitude? And more time embracing our frailties? What if we were more honest about our finitude and the futility of many of our days? These are some of the questions queer theology raises for us. In a surprising twist, Linn Marie Tonstad describes queer theology’s critique of the cult of wholeness and flourishing and the need to make more room for sin, violence, and fragmentation. In her words:

“Are queerness and sexuality about reckoning with the ambiguity of human experience and relationality and the inescapability of conflict and (a kind of) violence, even in the ‘best’ situations and relationships? Or is queer sexuality about maximizing the good possibilities of human existence, possibilities that can be recognized, fostered, and developed?”

Additional questions along the way will help to frame our work together: What is queer? What is queer theology? Why are queer theologies important?

Throughout November, reflecting on these questions will guide us deeper into the inward journey of spirituality.

A seminar with Mihee Kim-Kort will help frame our discussions throughout the month.

Network membership includes access to the following: 

  • Seminar with Mihee Kim-Kort: This live event, with both online and in-person options, will take place 10:00-11:00 am Pacific Time on Saturday, November 4 (recording available afterward on the network platform).
  • Short Video: “This Fragmented Life”
  • Evening Prayer: Led by Kinship Commons, a women-of-color-owned collective of artists who curate worship and liturgies centering BIPOC voices
  • Office Hours: Check in with our community leaders to chat about anything on your mind or heart
  • Curated Readings: Works by Mihee Kim-Kort, Linn Marie Tonstad, Kosuke Koyama, Barbara A. Holmes, Wendell Berry, Padraig O’Tuama
  • Online Discussions: Join the conversation with people from all over the world
  • Fireside Chat: A virtual gathering to process together what we’ve learned over the past month. This event will take place 6:00–7:00 pm Pacific Time on Thursday, November 16

Join us for a month, a season, or a year or more!

Seek Faith, Learn Justice, Together in Community

Peter Choi

Peter is Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Justice and also serves on the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union. The author of George Whitefield: Evangelist for God and Empire (Eerdmans, 2018), his next book project is provisionally titled Subverting Faith: Early Evangelicals and the Making of Race (under contract with Oxford University Press).
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