Rice University Department of Religion

Lunch & Learn: Rabbi Mychal Copeland - The View of the LGBTQI Struggle From the Inside of American Religious Traditions, February 20, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lecture/Lecture Series

Jewish Studies

Speaker:
Mychal Copeland
Director of Interfaith Family

Location:
Humanities Building
119

Abstract:
In our era, religious institutions struggle with the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people in religious life. Until we address the complexity of American religious traditions and their relationship to LGBTQI issues, ensuring equality for all sexual and gender orientations will not be realized. While the hard work ahead will be focused on maintaining marriage equality, attaining crucial rights for transgender people, preventing workplace discrimination for all LGBTQI people and creating protections and safe spaces for LGBTQI youth, a major part of our upcoming focus must be on religion. Only when we become better educated about the religious commitments we and others hold can we move past the generalizations and misunderstandings that plague our national conversation about religion, and more specifically about the intersection between religion and LGBTQI issues. Mychal Copeland is the Bay Area Director of InterfaithFamily. She works with both multifaith and Jewish groups that engage the intersection of LGBTQI and religious identities. Rabbi Copeland is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is co-editor of Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives. This is a lunchtime lecture sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, Boniuk, and CSWGS. REGISTER BY 02/16 AT HTTP://TINYURL.COM/2017COPELAND

Mychal Copeland
Mychal Copeland is the Bay Area Director of InterfaithFamily. She works with both multifaith and Jewish groups that engage the intersection of LGBTQI and religious identities. Rabbi Copeland is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is co-editor of Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives