Dr. Rick Elgendy, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Theology, offered insights into his new upcoming Fall course, "Queer Theology, Queer Lives" in the following Q & A interview.
WTS: What is Queer Theology? And why a course now at Wesley?
Dr. Elgendy: There are many definitions of "queer theology" that we're going to talk about in the course! And part of the difficulty is that many queer theologians instinctually challenge strict definitions, given the forms of perception and action that queer thought encourages.
Nevertheless, I think it's fair to say that queer theologies take their departure from the experiences of those who do not conform to what's widely perceived as "normal" or "natural" in relation to gender and sexuality, but then also use their insight to imagine social transformation in relation to many forms of social difference, marginalization, and alienation. What queer theology adds to, for example, queer theory is an explicit sense of how God is at work on these margins, empowering us not to be conformed to the patterns of this world but to be continually renewed, ever called into deeper, living, and dynamic communion.
WTS: Who is this course for?
Dr. Elgendy: This course is for anyone who is ready to set aside the usual framing of institutional church debates - at least for a moment - and approach queer theology itself with some curiosity and a willingness to be challenged in how one relates to oneself, to others, and to God.
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