About

The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion African-American Roundtable is pleased to host the seventh Souls A’ Fire Conference focused on the next generation of Black Queer Theology.  We are continuing the rich tradition of encouraging our young scholars in their current work as well as learning from seasoned theologians and preachers as they explore the intersections of African-American culture, the church and LGBTQ identity.  It also promises to be a time of retreat and inspiration through ritual, praise, and worship. 

History:

In 2003, the CLGS African American Roundtable organized the first national gathering of black pastors, scholars and activists to consider the intersections of African-American culture, the church and LGBTQ identity at the Souls a’Fire conference in Berkeley, CA. Souls a’Fire 2 was held in 2005 in Chicago, and Souls a’Fire 3 was held in April of 2007 in Philadelphia. CLGS was pleased to host the return of Souls a’ Fire 4 in Cleveland in August of 2014. Souls a’Fire 5 took place in Oakland in 2016. We were honored to be in the south for Souls a’Fire 6 in Nashville.  Due to the pandemic, we moved Souls a’Fire 7 online, but we want to show our appreciation to the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) for their willingness to host the conference.

About CLGS:
Founded in 2000, The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion at Pacific School of Religion is the first seminary-based center for the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in the nation. The Center works to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion and sexuality through education, research, community building, and advocacy. Learn more on the CLGS website.

About United:
Founded as a welcoming, ecumenical school that embraces all denominations and faith traditions, United has been on the cutting edge of progressive theological thought leadership since it was established in 1962. With their roots in the United Church of Christ and their practice of embracing the full diversity of faith expressions and understandings, United is a generous and welcoming seminary where all – trailblazers and traditionalists, questioners and yearning spirits, people of every faith background, race, age, ability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status and family structure, economic and social status – come to explore the boundless possibilities and create a loving and beloved community. Today, United continues to train leaders who dismantle systems of oppression, explore multifaith spirituality, and push the boundaries of knowledge. (unitedseminary.edu)

About Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit:
The Gay Christian Caucus of the Gay Liberation Front of Detroit (GLFD) decided to affiliate with the fast-growing Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) in 1971.  The congregation was known for providing holiday meals for LGBT people estranged from their families. MCCD continues its tradition of community engagement for the queer identified community and allies.  Learn more on the MCCD church website. (mccdetroit.org)

About Inclusive Justice:

Inclusive Justice is Michigan’s statewide, faith-based coalition, inclusive of all spiritual traditions that promote the inherent dignity and worth of every human being as a matter of conviction. Our two focuses are –

1) Serving and advocating for LGBTQI persons’ acceptance within religious and spiritual communities.

2) Partnering with others to advocate for the equitable treatment of all in local, state, and federal public policies. 

Learn form on the Inclusive Justice website. (inclusivejustice.org)