God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality
Sunday, October 23 | 11:00 am | $10, Discounted $8
Ticket includes light bagel brunch
One of The Forward’s “fifty most influential Jewish leaders in America,” Jay Michaelson tackles the contentious “God vs. gay” divide. He argues that religious communities should favor gay rights because of religion, not in spite of it. As both a gay rights activist and religion scholar, he explores the moral principles that favor acceptance of GLBT people, contending that these values outweigh the ambiguous verses so often cited by conservatives.
Jay Michaelson is the author of three books and two hundred articles about the intersections of religion, sexuality, and law. His work has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR and CNN, and he holds a JD from Yale and an MA in religious studies from Hebrew University. In 2009, he was included on the “Forward 50” list of the fifty most influential Jewish leaders in America.
“Jay Michaelson charts a journey from rejection to full acceptance, from religious alienation to spiritually wholeness that will brings the reader closer to the Divine." -Sharon Groves, PhD, Director, Human Rights Campaign - Faith & Religion Program
“Michaelson shows that ‘God versus gay’ is a myth and that the overwhelming majority of our shared religious values favor equality for LGBT people.” -Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun
Catch Jay on public radio's Interfaith Voices discussing God vs. Gay?.
Partner: 16th Street J’s GLOE - Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement
Co-sponsors: Bet Mishpachah, Human Rights Campaign-Religion and Faith Programs, Nehirim, Punk Torah, Tikkun Magazine, Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture
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