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Public Theology Lecture: Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey

Pushing Limits on the Body

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6:30 p.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful, Main Building, Second Floor

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome alumna Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey (G-ETS 2005) for a public lecture titled “Pushing Limits on the Body.” With vast experience both in the church and in the academy, Lightsey has become a fierce activist for social justice. She worked within the LGBTQ community to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy and to ensure marriage equality. She was on the ground protesting against excessive police force during the first 21 days of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and provided ongoing online live streams across a one-year period. A constructive theologian, Lightsey has consistently collaborated with activist-colleagues in the movement for the liberation of Black lives, those addressing violence against Black transwomen, and institutional racism on college campuses. As a leading advocate for LGBTQ equality in the church, in particular The United Methodist Church, she continues to critique homophobic polity, liturgy, and homiletics.


Lightsey serves as vice president for academic and student affairs at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Her research interests include classical and contemporary just war theory, Womanist theology, Queer theory and theology, and African American religious history and theologies. Lightsey’s publications include her book, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (Wipf and Stock, 2015), as well as, "He Is Black and We are Queer" in Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), “Reconciliation” in Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom (Eerdmans, 2012), and "If There Should Come a Word” in Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon Press, 2012).

Lightsey is an ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church. She holds a bachelor of science from Columbus State University, a master of divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center, and a doctor of philosophy from Garrett-Evangelical.

March 20, 2018

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