Spiritual Care of the LGBTQ Persons

There is a popular misconception that falling into any of the several non-binary, non-heterosexual categories of identity/orientation automatically removes a person from spirituality and faith. Yet, many Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) persons profess faith or yearn for spirituality. Many have also experienced tremendous spiritual, emotional, and even physical harm done to them in the name of religion. Providing spiritual care among LGBTQ individuals takes time and commitment to build trust, and it must allow for doubts, fears, anger, and hopes to be expressed and engaged. This course is not about developing a Queer Theology or a Queer Biblical Apologetic; rather, it is exploration of the LGBTQ experiences within (and without) faith communities.

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