Queering Religion, Religious Queers

Routledge
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This collection considers how religious identity interplays with other forms and contexts of identity, specifically those related to sexual identity. It asks how these intersections are formed, negotiated and resisted across time and places, including the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, and the Global South. Questions around ‘queer’ engagements in same-sex marriages, civil partnerships and other practices (e.g. adoption) have created a number of provoking stances and policy provisions – but what remains unanswered is how people experience and situate themselves within sometimes competing, or ‘contradictory’, moments as ‘religious queers’ who may be tasked with ‘queering religion’. Additionally, the presumed paradoxes of ‘marriage’, queer sexuality, religion and youth combine to generate a noteworthy generational absence. This leads to questions about where ‘religious queers’ reside, resist and relate experiences of intersecting religious and sexual lives.

In looking at interconnectedness, this collection offers international contributions which bridge the ‘contradictions’ in queering religion and in making visible ‘religious queers.’ It provides insight into older and younger people’s understandings of religiosity, queer cultures, and religious groups. A small but active religious minority in the US has received much attention for its anti-gay political activity; much less attention has been paid to the more positive, supportive role that religious-based groups play in e.g. providing housing, education and political advocacy for queer youth. Queer methodologies and intersectional approaches offer a lens both theoretically and methodologically to uncover the salience of related social divisions and identities. This collection is both innovative and sensitive to ‘blended’ identities and their various enactments.

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Yvette Taylor is Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University, UK. She received the esteemed Lillian Robinson Fellowship held at Concordia University, Canada (2009) and a Fulbright Scholarship, Rutgers University (2010-2011). She has published three sole-authored books: Working-class Lesbian Life (2007), Lesbian and Gay Parenting (2009), and Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities (2012), which have received favourable reviews. She has several successful edited collections including: (with Hines, S. and Casey, M.) Theorising Intersectionality and Sexuality (2010); Classed Intersections: Spaces, Selves, Knowledges (2010); (with Hines, S) Sexualities: Reflection and Futures (2012).

Ria Snowdon

is a Research Associate in the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University, UK working alongside Yvette Taylor on an ESRC funded project 'Making space for queer identifying religious youth'. She completed her Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD at Newcastle University (2007-2010).
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Routledge
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Published on
Feb 18, 2014
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Pages
296
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9781135013776
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English
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Religion / General
Religion / Sexuality & Gender Studies
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“Author David Prosen speaks generously and with wisdom out of his own experience of same-sex attractions: without love, all the rules and commandments in the world fall flat. It is not for us to fix or change the person with same-sex attractions; our place is simply to love them. Just like anyone else, people with same-sex attractions first need to hear that their heavenly Father cares for them. Prosen reminds us of the power of affirming love in our own experience. When someone takes the time to just be with us and tells us the truth in a compassionate way, we are more likely to receive it. Each of us, then, as spiritual mothers and fathers, may be a vehicle for Christ’s affirming love shining in the loneliness of same-sex attractions.” — Suzanne Baars, PhD, Catholic psychotherapist and founder of the Baars Institute

“David Prosen has written a powerful booklet that I wish every Catholic adult would read. With incredible authenticity and transparency, he takes the reader into the interior reality — so often marked by wounds and pain — of those who experience same-sex attraction. Yet he also points the way to hope and healing in Christ, and the ways the Body of Christ can be a source of healing. This book will change the way you see the world.” — Dr. John Bergsma, PhD, Catholic Bible scholar, author, speaker

“With compassion and honesty, David Prosen reveals an empowering vision for sharing the liberating love of Jesus Christ with men and women trapped in the culture’s false messaging and still longing for authentic love.” — Lisa Mladinich, host of Shalom World TV’s WOMAN: Strong Faith, True Beauty

About the Author David Prosen is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with an MA in counseling. He has worked as a counselor in both secular and Catholic settings, treating many different conditions, including depression, anxiety, and more. David was featured in Blackstone’s film The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church and has had several articles published in Lay Witness, Crisis Magazine and LifeSiteNews. He has given numerous presentations across the country on same-sex attractions from a Catholic perspective.

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