Sessions

Title Description Speaker
God's Works Revealed Sam Albano shares his upcoming book God's Works Revealed: Spirituality, Theology, and Social Justice for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Catholics. (Paulist Press, 2022) God’s Works Revealed proposes a compelling, challenging, and joyful vision for living as a lesbian, gay, or bisexual Catholic. This work affirms that LGB Catholics can discover in our very sexuality the intentional and divinely-gifted grace to live our baptismal call to holiness and to share in God’s responsibility for this world and its people. Sam Albano
Transfigured & Transformed: Church Beyond the Binary

We live in a world full of binaries: male and female, Catholic and Protestant, clergy, and laity. While these binaries can sometimes help us in constructing definitions, they can also be limiting. What possibilities open up when we imagine church beyond the strict binaries? How might our efforts to push or cross boundaries create opportunities for greater flourishing, especially for those historically excluded from leadership, preaching, and ordained ministry?

Rev. Kori R. Pacyniak
"Rompe la tela deste dulce encuentro": Mysticism, Human Persons, and God's Queer Love

My book Queer God de Amor is about the mystery of God and the relationship between divine and human persons. This is the third book in Orbis' new series, Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente. The book revisits central themes in trinitarian theology by turning to the sixteenth-century teaching of Juan de la Cruz on mystical union with God and the analogue of sexual relationship that he uses to describe this union.

Miguel H. Díaz
Every Life Cherished and Celebrated: Mercy’s Response to a Call Members of Dignity are more aware than anyone of the perils of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or “queer,” and serving as a minister or colleague in a Catholic institution today. Of course, this is especially true if the person is married to someone of the same sex, or otherwise outwardly identifiable. Like many parishes, and like many religious orders or congregations, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas have experienced pressure from bishops and/or other “concerned” members of the Catholic community, that people so identified be fired. Using Canon law and Catholic Church “teaching” and backed by a threat of removal of official Catholic identification, leaders of these institutions have made decisions contrary to the espoused values of the Sisters of Mercy. Elizabeth (Betsy) Linehan, Karen J. Scheer
Words as Trance-Formation in Prayer

“Remember the entrance door to the sanctuary is within you!” (Rumi) 

In this interactive workshop we will honor ourselves as the Word become flesh. By using words, silence, images, breath and being present to what is placed before us, we will live the “I AM” of knowing that everything, including ourselves, is a prayer!   

Marsie Silvestro
A New Agenda for Catholic Theology and Ministry

The voices and perspectives of Queer Catholic Theologians and Activists of Color have been largely missing from conversations about gender and sexuality. A forthcoming collaborative book will change that.  It explores the interlocking layers of oppression that queer persons of color face, especially with respect to issues of racism, hetero/sexism, and immigration status, and the life and death consequences of the church’s theology, policy stances, and pastoral practices.

Craig A. Ford, Jr., Melissa Pagán
Reading Teresa of Avila: Women's Friendships, Sappho, Melancholic Nuns, and other Puzzles

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), the first woman Doctor of the Catholic Church and reformer of the Carmelite Order, wrote extensively about her life and her mystical experiences. She also wrote the Constitutions of the Discalced Carmelites, described her experiences founding convents, and kept an active correspondence with women and men, most of which has been preserved. In her autobiography she describes a period in her adolescence in which she lived in sin because of her relationship with a female cousin and another girl.

Oliva M. Espín
Stories of LGBTQ+ Parenting This session features a conversation between two local LGBTQ+ parents who are active in LGBTQ+ community in San Diego and beyond. They will discuss the impact of their upbringings and experiences in shaping the people they are today; the different paths they took to create their families; their personal experiences with transgender family members; the similarities and differences from their time growing up LGBTQ+ to the striking generational shifts being experienced by their children; and their activities as volunteers in the LGBTQ+ community. Robert Gleason, Tiffany Gonzalez
Church Transfigured: Insights from the Borderland (Keynote)

Borders lay bare humanity’s wounds, including wounds that connect the LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities. In their efforts to heal those wounds, the actions of many in our border communities offer glimpses of Jesus’ compassionate God and the pursuit of justice such love inspires. Their actions remind us that God’s compassionate love lies at the heart of Jesus’ transfiguration and the subversive hope in God’s reign that it inspired in him. They also point to the challenges that lie ahead.

Victor Carmona