Contact: Johari Jabir, 510/306-7874

EVENT: Souls a’Fire 2, “Re-Imagining Black Religious Identity: Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality,” a three-day conference in June, presents a rare opportunity to hear African American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of faith from around the country speak publicly about some of the most controversial issues in the church today – race, faith, gender, class and sexuality.

Souls a’Fire 2 is the second national conference of the African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif.

WHO: The conference brings together scholars, artists, faith community leaders and social service workers for collaborative, cross-disciplinary discussion. Many panelists are available for media interviews, including conference organizer Johari Jabir of the University of California, Santa Barbara; Juan Reed of St. Martins Episcopal Church, Chicago; and Irene Monroe, doctoral candidate at Harvard Divinity School and religion columnist.

For a full listing of panelists, go to

WHERE/WHEN: Thursday, June 23, through Saturday, June 25, at the locations below:

Thursday: University Church, 5655 South University Avenue

Opening worship, 6:30 – 8 pm, “How We Got Over May Not ‘Necessarily’ Be How We’ll Get Through,” Rev. Lynice Pinkard, First Congregational Church, Oakland, Calif., preacher

Friday: Graham Taylor Chapel at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 5757 South University Avenue

9:30 am – 12:15 pm plenary: “Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up: The Politics of Aesthetic Maleness, Masculinity & Charisma in Black Religious Culture”

2:15 – 5 pm plenary: “Un-Holy Ghosts: Decolonizing the Churches of Our Youth”

Saturday: Graham Taylor Chapel at CTS

9:30 am – 12:15 pm plenary: “Don’t Leave It to Beaver: Gender Construction, Misogyny & Homo-negativity in the Church’s Version of the Family”

2:15 – 5 pm plenary: “Reclaiming Stonewall: Issues at the Intersection of Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality”

COST: Thursday events are free and open to the public. For Friday and Saturday events, register in advance at The advance registration fee is $25 until May 31, $35 thereafter.

SPONSORS: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) works to advance the well-being of LBGT people and transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy. The African American Roundtable of CLGS seeks the full inclusion of black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in communities of faith by fostering dialogue among black church and faith leaders (including scholars of religion), black church congregations, black LGBT persons and between each of these constituencies.

Co-sponsors of Souls a’Fire 2: Chicago Theological Seminary, Pillar of Love Fellowship Church, St. Martins Episcopal Church and YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago-Loop SAFE Services LGBT Program.


Visit or contact CLGS at 510/849-8206 or 800/999-0528.