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Rising to Divine Queerness

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Queer people and communities, though long-vilified in religious spaces, provide one of the most beautiful embodiments of what God is doing in our midst. Ethics of radical community care, joy as resistance, destabilizing false binaries/hierarchies, and the revolutionary power of art transform divine promise into worldly action. In this conversation, we’ll examine how we come to know God better through LGBTQIA+ people, and the ways queer liberation offers a roadmap to free all people.

In this conversation, Jacqui Lewis will be joined by Semler. This conversation is part of the Freedom Rising Salons, a year-long conversation series that features thought leaders, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.

Semler (all pronouns) recently became the first openly queer artist to hit number 1 on the iTunes Christian music charts with their EP, Preacher’s Kid. The project explores Semler’s experience growing up as a queer person of faith. Semler has been featured on NPR, The Washington Post and Apple Radio. Preacher’s Kid was recorded independently by Semler on a USB mic and received over a million streams in just a few months.

Semler will talk about how they use their music to offer the kind of radical love they wish they heard growing up. She’ll talk about the why heteronormative culture fears LGTBQIA+ people, and how everyone can fight legislative bigotry. And he may even offer a song or two…


June 15
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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