Certificate in Queer Theology

Certificate in Queer Theology
(15 Credit Hours)

The study of Queer Theology is one of the four core elements of Whithorn School of Theology and the various academic programs offered. The purpose of this certificate program is to expose students to current theological thinking and how these readings both challenge, extend, and deepen the Christian tradition as well as to welcome and celebrate the diversity that members of the LGBTQIAPP communities, their families of choice, and allies of those communities hope to find within our congregations.

  • Program Objectives

This certificate program will expose students to the variety of voices, hopes and concerns that individuals from the Queer Communities live with on a daily basis. The variety of readings for this program will expose students to the rich and complex theological works from the academe as well as to encourage the student to examine their own theological understanding, spiritual development, and integration of theory to praxis within our faith communities to be as open and radically inclusive as the call of the Gospel. These readings and critical reflection papers that students will submit are expected to identify and examine the inter-locking systems of oppression.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering their personal expectations and goals regarding the program and a synopsis of their current understanding of Queer Theology is prior to the beginning of the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Kathleen T. Talvacchia, Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms
  2. Robert Everett Shore-Goss, Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians
  3. Sheryl A. Kujahawa- Holbrook and Karen B. Montagno, Injustice and the Care of Souls
  4. The Embrace of Eros, New Seeds of Contemplation
  5. Marvin M. Ellison and Sylvia Thornson Smith, Body and Soul Rethinking Sexuality as Justice Love
  6. Ellsion and Douglas, Sexuality and the Sacred 2nd Edition
  7. John J. McNeill, Sex as God Intended
  8. Thomas Bohache, Christology From the Margins
  9. Robert E. Goss, Queering Christ
  10. Marcella Althaus-Reid, From Feminist Theology to Indecent Theology
  11. Nancy J. Gorsuch, Introducing Feminist Pastoral Care and Counseling
  12. Lisa Isherwood and Elizabeth Stuart, Introducing Body Theology
  13. Sarah Rudin, Paul among His People
  14. Steven Greenberg, Wrestling with God & Men
  15. Robert E. Goss and Mona West, Take Back the Word a Queer Reading of the Bible
  16. Patrick S. Cheng, Radical Love An Introduction to Queer Theology
  17. Marie Alford-Harkey and Rev. Debra W. Haffner, Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities
  18. Megan K. De Franza, Sex Differences in Christian Theology
  19. Andy Buechel, That We Might Become God
  20. Susannah Cornwall, Controversies in Queer Theology
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page paper reaction paper demonstrating critical thinking is required for each of the reading selections. The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of the various readings.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page paper detailing their personal journey and how these readings have/ not challenged, extended and enriched their theological understanding of Queer Theology/Queer Studies.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%