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Office for Institutional Diversity

Spirituality and Religion in the Lives of the LGBTQ Community

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Viewing of "For the Bible Tells Me So" followed by a panel discussion.

Featuring Rev. Irene Monroe
Rev. Irene Monroe is a syndicated queer religion columnist and expert commentator in the film, “For the Bible Tells Me So.” She is currently a blogger for the Huffington Post, writing about the role religion plays in discrimination against LGBTQ people. In addition, she is the former coordinator of the African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion. She has received numerous honors for her achievements including the Cambridge Peace and Justice Award and the honor of grand Marshal of the Boston Pride Celebration.(

Guest Panelist: John Kelly, Chair of the Rainbow Ministry at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church
John Kelly is currently the chair of St. Cecilia’s Church Rainbow Ministry. The group welcomes LGBTQ Catholics to worship God and speak openly and safely. The group seeks to reaffirm their Catholic faith community as one which is open and supportive of gay, lesbian, and transgender persons in the loving Spirit of Christ. John Kelly was instrumental in organizing “Mass All Our Welcome” following Boston Pride 2011.

John Darr, Ph.D., Associate Professor
John Darr’s research interests include literary criticism and theory and the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. He has previously served as Chair of the Synoptic Gospels Section of the Society of Biblical Literature as well as co-chair of The Biblical and Literary Criticism section of the Society of Biblical Literature. John Darr has sat on similar panel discussions as an expert panelist.

John McDargh, Ph. D., Associate Professor
John McDargh’s research interests include the psychological study of religious development, the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy, and the contemporary psychoanalytic theory and theological anthropology. His contribution to the advancement of the psychological understanding of religion has won him the annual William C. Bier S.J. award , given by the APA. At BC, he was voted Distinguished Teacher of the Year three years ago by the Phi Beta Chapter of the university.

Co-Sponsored by GSSW Diversity Committee, BC Graduate Pride Alliance, GSSW Student Collective, Spirituality and Social Work, and Spectrum

Appetizers and Beverages will be provided.