Saturday, May 04, 2013

New friends

Queer Christianities 2 was another success, a worthy successor to last year's book-generating (we hope!) conference. This was a bare-bones operation, but I think that's part of what made it so genial. Nobody was getting an honorarium. (Our two out of town speakers got their travel paid but not accommodation; the one from Britain is staying, with her husband, on my queen size aerobed!) And the program? Stellar - really! The magic seems to be our freedom to bring things together that other institutions wouldn't or couldn't. So we had four amazingly strong papers by students, an undergraduate and three seminarians (two of whom are alums), a performance piece (to lunch), incisive talks by a cutting edge queer theologian and a leading sociologist of the body in American religion... And then a panel discussion gaily bringing everyone together.

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