We ended the previous post introducing what queering religion can do to the problem of reconciling faith and gender/sexual identities. Now, a brief conclusion.
As you may have seen from the logic of my conversation, I like the idea of queering religion a lot. However, a problem with queer theology is that it still remains inaccessible to many people. It was born in academia, and people like to hide it there and hide in it there.
In fact, it seems that it’s necessary for queer theology itself to come out of the closet.
So, here are a few things to look for and a few questions that need to be addressed if queering religion is to actually happen:
- Because queering religion tackles religion as institution, what is the role of place and space in queering religion? Queer religion is going be less tied to institutions as physical and metaphorical structures.
- Because queering religion tackles religion as ideology, it will have to consciously avoid becoming systematized. This means that everyone comes to queer religion with their own truth and openness to other truths. Queer religion is going to be less tied to certainty of beliefs.
- Because queering religion is all about deconstructing cisheteronormativity in religion, what will it construct in its place? What is the importance even of this question?
- Because queering religion comes from the experience of queer persons, what is the role of cis and hetero folks in fostering and flourishing queer religion?
These questions as all open, but I hope that you, your family and friends, and organizations like PFLAG will help create opportunities for this to happen.
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