Queer spirituality has evolved to meet the growing needs of people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) community who share a common and rich history, culture, and experience. As a historically oppressed group – people who identify as other than straight or heterosexual – LGBTQ people have rallied against societal and faith-based norms to create chosen families and communities, including faith-based communities, where their sexuality is celebrated rather than condemned. Queer, a once-shameful word, has been reclaimed as a moniker that points to the ways all identities are fluid and changing; it is a term both creative and challenging that invites us to examine history, culture, and religion to discover the incredible impact queer individuals have made throughout the history of the world.
This Open Heart Conversation (OHC) focuses on discovering how the intersection of sexuality and spirituality has given rise to shared spiritual experiences. OHC host Rev. Dr. José Roman will be joined by Rev. Todd Humphrey in a conversation with other openly queer spiritual leaders including Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Rev. Alex Reegan, and Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams. Together they will examine their faith traditions and share opinions about how being queer affects religious identity and how religion affects queer identity.
Rev. Alex Reegan is an inspirational speaker, interfaith minister, intuitive coach and empathic trans man, who is deeply dedicated to supporting diverse individuals on their journey home to wholeness. His life’s work has been about the journey home to one’s true self, both physically and spiritually. He has a calling to help others transform their own experience and master desired aspects of their life.
Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams is the founder, prelate, and pastor of Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, located in Washington, DC and Lanham, MD. She seized the national spotlight with her October 2013 announcement to her congregation that she had married Bishop Diana Williams, which led to her resignation and the planning of her own church. Bishop Abrams is the first female pastor in the Zion Progress Baptist’s 55-year history, the youngest African American woman named Senior Pastor by a Baptist congregation, and she was recently named one of the “Top 50 Leaders for National Youth Pride” (2018). As presiding Prelate, Bishop and Pastor of the Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, Dr. Abrams continues to bring her explosive brand of theology to pulpits, programs, and principalities, throughout the United States, and abroad.
You are cordially invited to join us for Open Heart Conversations, a place to meet, discover and learn about different faith and wisdom traditions. Together we’ll explore and celebrate our rich and beautiful diversity through Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American, African Spirituality and more. Experienced teachers and respected leaders will share their teachings, helping to foster dialogue, understanding and human connection. Hosted by Rev. Dr. José M. Román, Rev. Todd Humphrey and Rev. Heather Shea, Open Heart Conversations are open to the public and welcome to all. Learn more here.