The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion African-American Roundtable and Many Voices are pleased to host the sixth 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. The 44th Annual Antoinette Brown Lecture on the campus of Vanderbilt Divinity School will kick off this year’s conference. Dr. Nikki Young, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Religion at Bucknell University will be the lecturer on March 22, 2018.

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. 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 and we are honored to be in the south for Souls a’Fire 6 in Nashville.

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 Many Voices:
Many Voices is a Black church movement for gay and transgender justice that envisions a community that embraces the diversity of the human family and ensures that all are treated with love, compassion, and justice. Many Voices curates a wide array of resources  for congregations, families and individuals that can be found on the Many Voices website.

About Metropolitan Interdenominational Church:
Founded on February 1, 1981, this congregation has attracted a broad cross-section of people cutting across all of the barriers that fragment and divide the Body of Christ.  The congregation is known for being inclusive, reconciling and engaged.  Because the church has too often allowed particular aspects of a person’s being to define them out of the circle of fellowship, they have chosen to emphasize the “whosoever” in John 3:16 as a mandate for inclusion. Learn more on the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church website.