All Saints Day is celebrated today with the addition of 13 new profiles to the LGBTQ Saints page at JesusInLove.org.
New saints on the list also include Biblical characters such as the gay centurion plus more recent writers, theologians and activists. Traditional Christian saints are joining the list too. For example, Saint Valentine is presented as a role model for marriage equality. Two popular figures, Saint Francis of Assisi and Blessed John Henry Newman, received totally new profiles that explore their same-sex love relationships in depth.
|LGBT Saints page|
Queer and LGBT saints are important because people are searching for alternative ways to lead loving lives. Churches have tried to control people by burying queer history. The LGBTQ saints show us not only their place in history, but also our own place -- because we are all saints who are meant to embody love. We can tap into the energy of our ancestors in faith. For some they become friends, helpers and miracle-workers. I created the LGBT Saints page to give people an easy way to find the spiritual resources that they seek.
The 13 new profiles were all published over the past year in the LGBT Saints series by lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry. The Saints page provides a user-friendly list of links to these resources at the Jesus in Love Blog. Almost every profile on the page has been updated and expanded this year.
The following new saints are welcomed to the LGBT Saints page today. Visit the page at http://www.jesusinlove.org/saints.php.
a gay centurion's lover
Esther and Vashti: Biblical queens inspire LGBT writers
Ethiopian eunuch: A black gay man was the world’s first convert to Christianity
Jemima Wilkinson: Queer preacher reborn in 1776 as “Publick Universal Friend”
FannyAnn Eddy: Lesbian martyr in Africa
Peter Gomes: Gay black Harvard minister preached “scandalous gospel”
Pauli Murray: Episcopal church votes on queer saint / activist for civil rights and gender equality
Henri Nouwen: Priest and author who struggled with his homosexuality
Adrienne Rich: Lesbian feminist poet of the soul (1929-2012)
|John Henry Newman|
Blessed Bernardo de Hoyos: Mystical same-sex marriage with Jesus
Saint Valentine: Marriage equality role model
Francis of Assisi’s queer side revealed by historical evidence
Cardinal Newman and Ambrose St. John: Gay saint and his “earthly light” share romantic friendship
This article is illustrated with “37 Santos” (37 Saints) by artist Tony De Carlo. He affirms the holiness of gay love with colorful, festive paintings of gay saints, Adam and Steve, same-sex marriage and more. For more info, see my interview with him.
Let us be inspired by the LGBT saints who surround us as a “great cloud of witnesses” and commit ourselves to our own queer paths toward sainthood.
LGBT Saints list at JesusInLove.org
Why we need LGBT saints by Kittredge Cherry
A queer theology of sainthood emerges (99 Brattle blog of Episcopal Divinity School)
Feminism leads to a queer theology of sainthood (Feminism and Religion Blog)
Who are the "Queer Saints and Martyrs"? by Terence Weldon (Queering the Church)
LGBT-friendly memorial for All Saints, All Souls and Day of the Dead
TrinityStores.com (innovative icons, including some LGBT saints)
Sanctity And Male Desire: A Gay Reading Of Saints by Donald Boisvert
Passionate Holiness: Marginalized Christian Devotions for Distinctive People by Dennis O’Neill
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