MIT and Harvard Team up for Weekly 'Queer Bible Study'

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You might not think of MIT as a place for Bible school, but the college is hosting a deep dive into the scriptures.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology houses a Rainbow Lounge, run by the school’s LGBTQ+ Services. The department describes itself as “an intercultural campus resource for diverse gender, romantic, and sexual identities.”

Every Thursday, LBGTQ+ Services teams with Harvard University for a Christian devotion.

The MIT/Harvard Queer Bible Study sign-up page welcomes participants thusly:

Hi there! We’re so excited that you’re interested in joining us for Bible study this spring. Through a careful and generous engagement with the Gospel of Mark, we hope to create a queer- and trans-affirming Christian space in which we can bring the fullness of our lives, desires, and selves into conversation with the good news of Jesus Christ. We’ll be meeting each Thursday evening from from Feb. 17th – Apr. 21st on Zoom, with the hopes that we will be able to gather in person later in the semester if the public health situation permits.

Sexuality appears to have penetrated every facet of society. In the past, Bible study has been so sexless as to be held for children. But we look to be a world increasingly in need of niches. Then again, perhaps a queer Bible group is simply the modern version of an old-school Young Marrieds class. Either way, faith is certainly becoming more #Pride friendly:

Church Pastor Claims Jesus ‘Transgenders Himself’ in the Bible

Church Hosts ‘Pride’ Drag Show

Christian Divinity School Recites Prayer to the ‘Great Queer One,’ Who’s a ‘Drag Queen and Trans Man’

Christian University Showcases Art Depicting a ‘Gay’ Jesus

WATCH: Catholic College Professor Probes His School for Professions of #Pride

May saw momentous news: Iconic Christian school Baylor University christened Prism, its first LGBT student organization.

There was a time in America when culture was influenced by faith. But culture has moved on. These days, if churches cling to traditional idealogy, they’re likely to hemorrhage parishioners. And even if they keep up, the outlook isn’t what it used to be:

Back to MIT, Campus Reform notes the school recently held its Lavender Graduation in the Rainbow Lounge. The ceremony was followed by a party for “Alumnx.”

LGBT Services is on the ball. Its website includes dedicated pages for “Trans” and also “QTPoC.”

The Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPoC) page is to provide MIT students with the latest resources and programs throughout the year. This page will be updated regularly, so please take a look and browse through many of the QTPoC content.

QTPoC is for queer and trans people of color to hang out with each other once a month, chat, watch movies, and have support. The first part of QTPoC is chilling online and talking and building community.  How have you been?  What have you been up to? Got anything you want to share?  The second part of QTPoC might be a game, program, event.  Feel free to join at any time and bring your friends!  QTPoC is a space for LBGTQ+ students of color in the MIT community.

Education — like religion — once existed apart from sexuality in a general sense. But sexual identity is now a fabric in our cultural quilt. These days, one might frequently find a Pride flag next to an American one. And, perhaps as we progress, beside a Christian one, too.

-ALEX

 

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