Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being

Matthias Roberts

Named one of the 12 Best LGBTQ Podcasts of 2020 by “O: The Oprah Magazine.” How might we live better as queer people of faith? Matthias Roberts brings together theologians, psychologists, poets, thinkers, and change makers for conversations around belief and being.

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Brenda Marie Davies is an author, podcaster and YouTuber. Her channel God Is Grey—a guide to becoming an inquisitive, fearless, SEX POSITIVE, free thinking Christian in the modern world —has over 135,000 subscribers. Her debut book, On Her Knees: Memoir of a Prayerful Jezebel, chronicles Brenda’s spiritual journey over the course of a decade in LA, through marriage, divorce, unlikely friendship, and sexual exploration. Told with raw honesty, sans obligatory shame, this is a story for anyone who wonders if it’s possible to love God without fearing sex, in all its shades of grey. Recorded live from the GooseCast podcast stage at Wild Goose Festival. This episode is brought to you by the 2022 Q Christian Fellowship Conference. Use code QUEEROLOGY to save 10% off your registration at qcfconf.org. Links and Resources: Q Christian Fellowship Conference Brenda Marie Davies God Is Grey on Youtube Brenda on Instagram On Her Knees: Memoir of a Prayerful Jezebel Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Sep 21

43 min 34 sec

This episode first aired Sep 10, 2019. Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder (she, her), a San Francisco native, has served her call through prophetic action and ministry for justice for over thirty years. This call to “blend proclamation, worship, service and advocacy on behalf of those most marginalized in church and in society” led to the founding of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in 1991. In 2003, Rev. Dr. Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational coalition of over 100 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity. Rev. Dr. Flunder is on the Board of Starr King School for the Ministry and DEMOS and has taught at many theological schools. She is a graduate of the Certificate of Ministry and Master of Arts programs at PSR, and received her Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is also an award-winning gospel music artist and author of Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology of Homiletic and Radical Inclusion. This episode is brought to you by the 2022 Q Christian Fellowship Conference. Use code QUEEROLOGY to save 10% off your registration at qcfconf.org. Links and Resources: 2022 Q Christian Fellowship Conference Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology of Homiletic and Radical InclusionCity of Refuge United Church of ChristMasterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Sep 7

43 min 38 sec

Jamie Lee Finch is a sexuality and embodiment coach, speaker, poet, and author of "You Are Your Own: A Reckoning with the Religious Trauma of Evangelical Christianity". She's coached over 400 people in the past 5 years and sees her role in her work as that of a conflict mediator between human beings and their bodies. She's just released her very first online course called "Your Body is a Person" that walks you through her entire methodology and practice of Personified Embodiment Links and Resources: Jamie Lee Finch Website Your Body is a Person Course Jamie's free 10-day Course You Are Your Own Book Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Aug 24

1 hr

Samson Turinawe is the Executive Director of Universal Love Alliance (ULA), a Ugandan humanitarian, educator and human rights defender. He believes that "every human being should be respected simply for being who they are, a part of Life's creation." Tolerance, inclusiveness, love, compassion, dialogue and reconciliation are all central themes in his work. Through his teaching and activism, Samson is working for a new generation -- one that is open-minded, open-hearted, diversity-embracing, and committed to serving all of humanity. Links and Resources: Universal Love Alliance Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon  

Aug 10

40 min 47 sec

Emily Regenstreif has supportive parents. The best thing that they could do and ever did was to listen and then wanting to learn and know more by asking questions. Emily grew up queer in Portland, Oregon, in a Jewish faith community. She had a lovely and lucky experience — very different from the traumatic backgrounds of others who grew up queer in faith communities. That’s not Emily’s story. Emily is a 31-year-old receptionist who spends most of her free time playing Dungeons and Dragons as well as writing her first novel, which she has been working on since she was 18 years old. Topics Discussed: Faith Forms Identity: Emily’s supportive journey with queerness being Jewish Jonas Brothers to Julia Stiles: Emily’s evolution of queerness started with a girl Coming out to friends, family, and faith community was easy for Emily Attraction vs. Asexuality: There’s far more to being a person than sex Exploration: Be comfortable with who and what you are to feel free, not shameful Religious Trauma: Luckily, Emily’s challenges weren’t related to queerness, faith Choosing My Religion: Converting to Judaism was Emily’s choice over church Proud Every Day: Emily never felt need to project or celebrate Pride Month Links and Resources: Emily Regenstreif on Twitter Queer Youth Faith (QYF) Day Queerology - QYF Day: Don’t Give Up Everything You Believe In and Everyone You Love (rerelease) Boy Erased Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Jul 20

40 min 2 sec

Julie Rodgers is a writer, speaker, and leader in the movement working for full inclusion for LGBTQ people in Christian communities. She played a significant role in shutting down Exodus International, the largest conversion therapy organization in the world, and she was also the first openly gay person to be hired by an evangelical Christian college. She is featured in Pray Away (2020), a documentary about the movement to pray the gay away. Her writing has been featured in Sojourners, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Time. She lives with her wife in Washington, DC. Her new book, Outlove: A Queer Christian Survival Story, is a memoir of her experience growing up evangelical, while knowing she was gay. It’s about love and losses, political and religious power-plays, and the cost to those who sought to stay in a faith community that wouldn’t accept them. For more queer reflections on faith, public life, and chosen family, join Julie’s substack, Reimagining Belonging. Topics Discussed: Faith & Identity: Lesbian, queer, Christian, cat mom with conflicting, complex faith Coming Out, Conversion, Coping: Julie didn’t want to change, but initially gave in Don’t be a part of something that makes you hate and harm yourself or others Who to trust? Choose to question or follow religious leaders or your own truth Breaking Point: Reality behind closed doors vs. belief that things are changing Pray the Gay Away: Story that is still present reality in today’s world Reasons for Disconnect: Lack of nuance and understanding in liberal spaces Save Yourself, Not Everyone: Don’t stay rooted in trauma; live and thrive Links and Resources: Julie Rodgers Outlove Pray Away Reimagining Belonging The Faith and Justice Network The Trevor Project Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Jul 6

48 min 28 sec

How are you celebrating national Queer Youth of Faith (QYF) Day on June 30, 2021? On this episode of Queerology, a panel celebrates the life, creativity, and gifts of queer youth of faith. The panel includes Ameera, a trans-Svengolie American Muslim; Taline, a bisexual Armenian Christian; Daniel, a gay Jew; and Sebastian, a trans-Christian. Happy QYF Day! Topics Discussed: QYF Panel: How each identifies and how faith formed their identity Honor, Celebrate, Center: Importance and meaning of QYF Day to each panelist Affirming Theology: Spread awareness that God doesn’t hate you Queer Realization: Born this way and the continual struggle to find hope and support Advice: Nobody’s perfect, don’t change, you’re not alone, find your people Links and Resources: QYF Day Beloved Arise Rebel Youth Group Kevin Garcia on YouTube Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Jun 29

45 min 13 sec

Melissa Weisz and Pelayo Alvarez are hosts of the Forbidden Apple Podcast, which creates space for LGBTQ+ people to reclaim their spirituality—whatever that means to them. Melissa is a former Orthodox Jew. Although she came out as queer, Melissa adores her family and the Hasidic Jewish community in which she was raised. As an actor, producer, and writer, Melissa aims to uplift the voices of marginalized people and communities. Pelayo is originally from Spain and was raised catholic. He now lives in New York City and works for The United Nations in the field of international relations and global affairs. Pelayo is passionate about discovering how different people around the world live their spirituality and appreciates what makes each story powerful.  He asks for practical advice and takeaways from different life perspectives and uses them for personal development and growth. Also, Pelayo has a YouTube channel where he curates life-changing ideas with a fun twist. As hosts of the Forbidden Apple Podcast, Pelayo wants to prove that although people celebrate religion and spirituality in so many ways, at the same time, they share so much in common; Melissa wants the podcast to become a platform that gives people a voice, creates a community, and celebrates queerness. Topics Discussed: Faith and Identity: Observe other faiths to learn, love, and understand them Spiritual Toolbox: Difference between appropriation versus appreciation Podcast Purpose: Deep conversations about religion, spirituality, and queerness Deconstruction: What’s religion? Faith? Spirituality? Different but same elements Meaningful Blessings: What works and what doesn’t when reclaiming words Spiritual vs. Religious: What’s the separation? Good and right, or bad and wrong Divine Virtue: 81% of queer people in U.S. grow up in some organized religion Discover Why: Do you follow traditional values/morals or free to make your own? Links and Resources: Melissa Weisz Pelayo Alvarez Pelayo Alvarez’s YouTube Channel The Forbidden Apple Podcast Your Spiritual Toolbox Queer Virtue by Elizabeth Edman Ross Murray from GLAAD Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry by Ross Murray Find Your Why by Simon Sinek Rev. Elizabeth Edman on the Inherent Queerness of Christianity Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram

Jun 22

54 min 30 sec

Rev. Debra J. Hopkins is a native New Yorker and trans woman of color who believes that there’s always hope because words have power and everybody can be a voice for change through action, activism, and community involvement. We can all help put an end to the social and economic discrimination that's ever present in this country. Debra is the Founder of There's Still Hope, a non-profit organization that provides a Transitional Housing Program for transgender adults, trans victims of domestic violence, and trans individuals released from the correctional institutional system. Debra earned her Masters of Theology degree from New York Theological Seminary and is a licensed non-denominational minister. She is actively involved in ministry through pastoral care, writing, and community activism. She is the author of three books and three anthologies, including her memoir, Not Until You Have Walked In My Shoes. Through it all, Debra continues to spend time traveling around the country advocating for the marginalized people within the LGBTQIA community. Topics Discussed: Faith/Identity: Formed via self-discovery of development, foundational footing Transition: Vehicle to expand audience and not allow naysayers’ negativity Words of Advice: Be authentic and use the tools that God has given you Community, therapy, and honesty brings healing, understanding, and activism Look in the Mirror: Convey the truth of life and how we should be treated equally There’s Still Hope: After losing it all, being homeless, and trying to clear name Platforms: Build, exercise, and cultivate spiritual, mental, and physical muscles Links and Resources: Rev. Debra J. Hopkins There's Still Hope Not Until You Have Walked In My Shoes Christine Jorgensen a Personal Autobiography The Shack Movie Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Jun 15

1 hr 4 min

Blair Imani is a critically acclaimed historian, author, educator, and influencer living at the intersections of black, bi-sexual, and Muslim identity. Blair’s viral microlearning series, Smarter In Seconds, demonstrates her signature style of making abstract concepts more concrete in a well-researched, well-presented, and concise manner. Also, Blair is the author of Read This to Get Smarter: About Race, Class, Gender, Disability, and More, Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream, and Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History. Blair’s work centers women and girls, global black communities, and the LGBTQ community. She is dedicated to making the world a better place and amplifying the voices and work of those fighting the good fight.  Topics Discussed: Faith and Identity: Too many identity labels and faith-based assumptions Becoming Muslim: Right path to express self-understanding externally Islam Education: Beautiful and innovative approach to replace fear, bullying Puzzle Piece: Perfection eludes people of faith, but being Muslim fit in perfectly Christian Parents: Not there to tell you what to think, but how to think Ability vs. Disability: Intelligence is how information is absorbed and duplicated Individualism: People are not always ordained to have basic human rights Human Interaction: Set boundaries and treat others with respect to build trust Links and Resources: Blair Imani Blair Imani on Instagram Blair Imani on YouTube Blair Imani on Patreon Smarter In Seconds Read This to Get Smarter: about Race, Class, Gender, Disability, and More Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Benjamin Rush Carl Linnaeus Tila Tequila Carlos Valieri on Degrassi Diversity of Sexual Orientation - Kinsey Institute GLAAD Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Jun 8

55 min 32 sec

Daniel Howell is known for his self-deprecating and sarcastic humor, but he has also spoken and written about his struggles with depression and sexuality. This mix of entertainment with the profound and deeply personal has given Daniel a devoted following of fans. Daniel is one of the world’s most popular and celebrated entertainers. He has written and produced comedy videos on YouTube that have reached more than one-billion views and millions of followers. Also, Daniel has two #1 New York Times best-selling books, The Amazing Book is Not on Fire and Dan and Phil Go Outside, two stage shows with sellout world tours, and an award-winning BBC Radio 1 show. Daniel’s new book, You Will Get Through This Night: A Practical Mental Health Guide with consultation from Dr. Heather Bolton, is an affirmation and call to action. Daniel describes lessons learned in spite of failures, depression, and anxiety. Getting well was a completely unplanned journey.  Topics Discussed: Faith and Identity: Agnostic Atheist - God probably doesn’t exist Be Happy: Christian or not, define your own meaning and purpose of life Daniel’s Depression: Understanding mental health and spectacular ignorance YouTube: Vulnerability led to first example of being treated positively by humanity Coming Out vs. Being Outed: Some kind of gay and that is okay Practical Tips: Be present, feel comfortable, practice gratitude, and get help Links and Resources: Daniel Howell You Will Get Through This Night: A Practical Mental Health Guide Daniel Howell’s YouTube Channel The Amazing Book is Not on Fire Dan and Phil Go Outside Dan and Phil Radio Show Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Jun 1

47 min 55 sec

Jonathan Parks-Ramage is a Los Angeles-based novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. His debut novel, Yes, Daddy, is out today! Yes, Daddy follows an ambitious young man named Jonah Keller, who is searching for a way to get out from under his religious upbringing. He is lured by an older, successful playwright into a dizzying world of wealth and idyllic Hamptons home where things take a nightmarish turn.   Jonathan’s writing has been published in VICE, Slate, OUT, W, Atlas Obscura, Elle, and Medium. He has lectured on journalism and creative non-fiction at Fordham University. Also, he is an alumnus of the 2018 and 2019 Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences. Jonathan and his screenwriting partner, Marla Mindelle, recently sold their musical feature film screenplay, The Big Gay Jamboree, to Paramount Pictures. The film is executive produced by Margot Robbie, an Academy Award nominated actress. Topics Discussed: Identity and Faith: Jonathan’s journey as a spiritually searching queer man Parents: Both were preachers, accepted their son, but were afraid to tell anyone Early Bloomer Being Bullied: Difficult to be yourself at church, home, and school Spiritual Reawakening: Jonathan’s path toward being queer and a Christian Truth in Fiction: Jonah experiences similar narrative of sexual, spiritual trauma #MeToo/Perfect Victim: Everyone enters into relationships for different reasons Storytelling: Who are you, explore parts of yourself, and make a difference Links and Resources: Jonathan Parks-Ramage’s Website Jonathan Parks-Ramage on Instagram Yes, Daddy Amazon Studios New Abbey Church Reality Church of Los Angeles Bryan Singer's Accusers Speak Out Know My Name by Chanel Miller The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

May 18

46 min 59 sec

Tara Teng is an embodiment coach who works in the intersections of spirituality and sexuality. Alongside collaborative work with community stakeholders, lawmakers, and organizations, Tara spent more than 10 years working to advance the socioeconomic status of women to diminish sexual violence and end human trafficking. Tara’s advocacy has helped to pass new laws in Canada that protect victims of human trafficking, and she established that country’s first municipal action plan to combat human trafficking. Also, Tara is a TEDx speaker, former Miss Canada, and was named “Canada’s Women of the Year” in 2011. She is one of the Globe and Mail’s “Top 25 Most Transformational Canadians,” received an International Heroes award from the Joy Smith Foundation, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of her human rights work. Topics Discussed: Faith and Identity: Bisexual, bi-racial Asian-Canadian, Christian-mystic woman Deconstruction: Evolve and question everything around you and within yourself Shift in Faith: Jesus and his love for people and his hatred of injustice Embodiment: Power systems/structures use our bodies for profit and control Disembodiment and Segregation: Reclaim and reconnect with pieces of self Intersectionality: Expressing our queerness, makes us a target, but it’s necessary Polyamory: Connection and commitment to relationship needs and boundaries Links and Resources: Tara Teng Tara Teng on Instagram Tara Teng - TEDx Speaker Queer Youth of Faith Art Contest (Beloved Arise) 2022 Q Christian Fellowship Conference Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

May 4

57 min 25 sec

Abi Robins returns to to talk about their brand new book, “The Conscious Enneagram: How to Move from Typology to Transformation.” Abi identifies as a queer, non-binary trans person, parent, fiancée, Enneagram teacher/coach, and Yoga Therapist. Abi trained at The Narrative Enneagram and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). They created the Conscious Enneagram Website and social media platform, host the Conscious Construction Podcast, and founded the Queer Enneagram. Topics Discussed: Contemplative Christian: Faith is in flux more than identities What is the Enneagram, and how to use it for spiritual growth? Real Magic: Spiritual and religious leanings and language make sense Lineage: Who are we connected to and can we trace that? Community: Reinfuses faith with missing mystical aspect, cultural competency Enneagram: 9-pointed symbol of how energy becomes manifest in the universe Individuation: Being an individual is important and brings more value No Direction: Gain insight, get grounded, and grow with a teacher, community Personality Types/Numbers: Right religion will make you and your life better Links and Resources: The Conscious Enneagram: How to Move from Typology to Transformation Conscious Enneagram Website Conscious Enneagram on Instagram Conscious Enneagram on Twitter Conscious Enneagram on Facebook Conscious Enneagram on YouTube Conscious Construction Podcast Queerology Podcast: Abi Robins is Queering the Enneagram Queerology Podcast: Suzanne Stabile on the Enneagram We Have All Hit a Wall - The New York Times Queer Youth of Faith Art Contest (Beloved Arise) 2022 Q Christian Fellowship Conference Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Apr 20

48 min 22 sec

Rachael Ward (they/them) is a public theologian and LGBTQ activist. Currently, Rachael is pursuing a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Practical Theology - pastoral care at Columbia Theological Seminary. Rachael is the creator of the Living-Death Doula Model for Pastoral Care and cofounder of Bible Queery, a facilitation collective geared toward queer wellness and reconstruction.  Rachael lives with their wife, Chelsea, and two fur-babies in Atlanta where they focus on talking about and working around death, grief, and death doulas. Topics Discussed: Upbringing: Faith did not help form identity, but kept Rachael from their identity What if I am gay? Shameful hiding and living a double life Life and Death Matters: Birth is beautiful burst of life, death is dark and terrible Living-Death Narratives: Grief keeps disembodied beings stuck What is available pastorally? Affirming theology (a.k.a. the Biblical case) Persistent Queer Themes: Disassociation, minimizing, and spiritual rationing Living-Death Directives: Start with zero expectations and consent conversations Steps to a Better Life: Facilitation, accessible writing, and meaningful help Links and Resources: Rachael Ward’s Website - Queer in Faith Living-Death Doula Bible Queery American Academy of Religion (AAR) Mosaic Grief by Melissa Kelley Peter Levine from the Ergos Institute, Inc. Howard Thurman Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés Pure by Linda Kay Klein 2022 Q Christian Fellowship Conference Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Mar 16

46 min 44 sec

Grace Semler Baldridge, who professionally goes by the artist’s name, ‘Semler,’ is a self-identified sad, queer, folk artist.​ Semler created the docuseries, State of Grace on Refinery29, where she explores what it means to identify as a Christian and a member of the LGBTQ community. The docuseries was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Also, you may know Selmer from her two TV shows, Murder With Friends and Pop Trigger. Just a few weeks ago, Selmer made history by being the first-ever out queer person to top the Christian music charts with her new album, Preacher’s Kid. Topics Discussed: Faith and Identity: Queer who rediscovered clear sense of self via deconstruction Great Movements: Starts with something small that peaks interest and curiosity Leading Example: Dad, an Episcopal priest, was loving, affirming, and accepting Wider Church Culture: Not spared from questioning mixed messages, rules Preacher’s Kid: Compilation of honest, raw, explicit, processed Christian music Inch of Peace: Reflecting on church camps, but not moved by the spirit Painful to Pray: Pro Christians who abuse others by acting in the name of God Jesus From Texas: Learn that blessings are sins; own both the blessing and pain Different Worship Experience: Make space for complex relationships with creator Links and Resources: Grace Semler Baldridge on Twitter Grace Selmer Baldridge on Instagram Grace Selmer Baldridge on TikTok Under Our Roof Podcast State of Grace on Refinery29 Preacher’s Kid Jesus From Texas on SoundCloud Murder With Friends Pop Trigger Jennifer Knapp Pure by Linda Kay Klein Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Mar 2

46 min 11 sec

Crystal Cheatham is an LGBTQ rights activist, host of Lord Have Mercy, and founder of two projects—Our Bible App and the IDentity Kit, which help people ditch toxic theology to find spiritual wellness.​ Our Bible App’s The Deconstructionists Playbook takes writers and readers from deconstruction to reconstruction to liberation theology. Since 2011, Crystal has worked as a ghostwriter and queer rights activist with Soulforce and The Attic Youth Center.  As an outspoken activist, Crystal has written about the intersections of faith and sexual identity for the Huffington Post; a faith and spirituality column for the Philadelphia Gay News; served on the steering committee of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as the Faith and Spirituality chair; and partnered with Equality PA to influence clergy to support non-discrimination legislation. Crystal received her MFA from Antioch University. Topics Discussed: Faith, Identity: Crystal is a very out and proud black lesbian progressive Christian Faith Community: Where no piece or part of Crystal feels unloved or unsupported Passionate People: No need to apply pressure, protests for positive outcomes My People: Didn’t have to fight to be included; create your own new spaces Visionary, not Verbal Leader: Publish uplifting, not problematic language The Deconstructionists Playbook: Deconstruct, reconstruct, and liberate theology God-in-a-Box Mentality: Epic churning and reckoning of faith in nation’s history Evolve Organically: Faith and religion are more personal than allowed to be Links and Resources: Crystal Cheatham Our Bible App The Deconstructionists Playbook by Our Bible App — Kickstarter Bemba Press Lord Have Mercy Podcast Soulforce The Attic Youth Center Equality PA Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Vanderbilt University Divinity School The Black Trans Prayer Book Bad Theology Kills by Kevin Garcia 2022 Q Christian Fellowship Conference Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Feb 16

50 min 36 sec

Recorded live from the Brian M. Eckstein Podcast Stage at the 2021 Q Christian Fellowship Conference (via Zoom). Join Matthias as he sits down with Coach Yeamah, a gifted teacher and coach who serves LGBTQIA+ Christians who struggle to make peace with their faith and sexuality. Yeamah has built a beautiful community of queer believers and allies on Instagram, and she hosts a weekly live talk show and podcast that supports, inspires, educates, and encourages the community to live their full authentic selves as queer Christians. Yeamah can be found at: www.yeamah.com @coachyeamah on Instagram

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Jan 12

50 min 25 sec

Being brave is not easy, it’s a tough battle—sound familiar? With the holidays and reality of the world we are living in, it’s worth repeating this episode of Queerology with Candice Czubernat. ​ Candice is a therapist and founder of The Christian Closet, an LGBTQ-affirming counseling, coaching, and spiritual direction organization. Also, Candice is the founder of Gloriously Queer, a conference for LGBTQ people of faith developed by LGBTQ people of faith. As a therapist, Candice helps individuals and couples worldwide navigate complex mental health experiences while living as queer people of faith. Candice was named one of the “10 Pro-LGBT Religious Women You Should Know” by The Advocate. She is a seasoned blogger, speaker, and author on LGBTQ Christianity and mental health issues. Candice graduated from the Moody Bible Institute and The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Candice identifies as a lesbian and Christian, who lives in California with her wife and their 5-year-old twins. Topics Discussed: LGBT and Christian: Lesbian is a really long word, easier to say gay or queer Queer Piece of Faith: Terrifying sin or specially knitted gift from God? Queer Mental Health: Suffering? Stunted? Don’t hide how God created you Mental Health Practice: It may not be perfect or what you thought it would be Heartbreaking Proof: Everybody’s got issues, who caused and created damage? Trust Your Heart: Self-love turns you toward holiness, selflessness, gentleness Radical Self-Acceptance: You’re not alone and you deserve love; visualize voices Mental Health Diagnosis and Medication: Taboo topics people don’t talk about Professional Investment: Take pride in doing something to stop shame, suffering Links and Resources: Candice Czubernat The Christian Closet Gloriously Queer Candice Czubernat on Twitter Candice Czubernat on Facebook The Advocate: “10 Pro-LGBT Religious Women You Should Know” Dr. Kristin Neff on Self-Compassion Henri Nouwen's Books Robyn Henderson-Espinoza Queerology, Episode 38 with Candice Czubernat - Queer Mental Health Q Christian Fellowship Virtual Conference (Code: Queerology2021 for $10 off) Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Dec 2020

38 min 31 sec

Chavonn Williams Shen is a poet, artist, educator, and activist from Minneapolis. ​ Winner of the Still I Rise grant, first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction Contest, and Best of the Net Award finalist, Chavonn is also a Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose through the Loft Literary Center, and fellow through the Givens Foundation for African American Literature.  As a Tin House and VONA workshop alum, Chavonn’s poetry and prose have appeared in Yemassee, the Los Angeles Review, Permafrost Magazine, and Cosmonauts Avenue.    Chavonn uses art as a practice of resilience and resistance. By using and teaching poetry, writing becomes an act of healing.  When not teaching with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, Chavonn’s time is spent obsessing over house plants. Topics Discussed:  Faith Forms Identity: One foot in the north, one in the deep south as a storyteller Ancient Text: Remix, adapt, and make stories more malleable Career Path: Cognitive science and psychology versus English and writing Fellowships: Apply for what you want - to be on stage, reading, and writing Poetry and Therapy: Way to help people protest and heal from trauma People’s Hands: Words and colors capture who they are and what they do Reclaim Language: Carve out composition space without marginalized writers Writing Exercises: Name everything and everyone around you that is true  Book of Prayer Poems: Writing poetry is spiritual practice for well-being What does rest look like? Meditation and resistance  Links and Resources:  Chavonn Williams ShenChavonn Williams Shen on FacebookChavonn Williams Shenn on TwitterMinnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW)The Nap Ministry - Rest as ResistanceQ Christian Fellowship Virtual Conference (Code: Queerology2021 for $10 off)Queerology Podcast on InstagramQueerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias RobertsMatthias Roberts on Patreon

Dec 2020

44 min 4 sec

Tim Ouyang is a recording artist, producer, and songwriter. His band, Tim Be Told, is a contemporary Christian music group from the college-town of Charlottesville, Virginia. Tim’s new album, Love and Happiness, focuses on his coming out journey and experiences with love, disappointment, disbelief, faith, hope, and God. Specifically, Like This song is the crown jewel on the album. Tim has had quite a career since coming out and shares how things have fundamentally changed and shifted.   Topics Discussed: Faith Forms Identity: Being gay was bain of existence and incredible blessing Gain Clarity: Why am I different? Praying to God to change Homosexuality is sinful? Contemplating suicide, know you’re loved and not alone Are you gay? Parents’ accusations, violations of privacy change to affirmations Theological Compromise: Remove leaders to not be seen or heard out of fear Conflict Resolution: Don’t ignore struggles; confront and cope with pain, sadness Like This Song: Taps into source of trauma from cultural and familial baggage Christianity: Know the right God because his spirit changes you from inside out Links and Resources: Tim Be Told Tim Be Told on Bandcamp Tim Be Told on Instagram Tim Be Told on Spotify Love and Happiness Album Like This Song Q Christian Fellowship Virtual Conference Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Nov 2020

41 min 17 sec

In 2018, Collin Martin came out as gay. At the time, he was the only ‘out’ man in any of the big five American sport leagues or any top division professional men’s national soccer leagues. Today, Collin is a professional soccer player as a midfielder for San Diego Loyal in the United Soccer League (USL) championship. Also, Collin has played for D.C. United and Minnesota United FC in Major League Soccer (MLS) and for Richmond Kickers and Hartford Athletic in the USL.   Collin shares how Cary Umhau, a speaker, writer, and consultant, was influential in his coming out process.   Topics Discussed: Faith Forms Identity: Gay or not, God completely loves you Every Sunday, Different Church: Growing, learning, and realizing you’re gay Inner Struggle: What to do with knowledge in an unwelcoming environment? Boiling Point: Separating faith from sexuality until telling family and friends Mentor/Mom’s Best Friend: Why Collin was comfortable coming out to Cary Taco Time: Say what you have to say about being gay People: Give those who love and support you a chance, despite the risk Teammates: Promise to protest when something is wrong, not right Links and Resources: Collin Martin on Instagram Cary Umhau San Diego Loyal D.C. United Minnesota United FC Major League Soccer (MLS) Richmond Kickers Hartford Athletic United Soccer League (USL) Burning Down the Fireproof Hotel by Cary Umhau Breadcoin Organization Q Christian Fellowship Virtual Conference Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Nov 2020

43 min 52 sec

People have caused a turning point in the Earth’s natural history. Everybody Now is a podcast that focuses on what it means to be human on the threshold of a global climate emergency, in a time of systemic injustice and runaway pandemics. Scientists, activists, farmers, poets, and theologians talk bravely and frankly about how our biosphere is changing, grief and hope in an age of social collapse, mass extinction, and taking action against all odds. On October 19, Everybody Now will be released by podcasters all over the world as a collective call for awareness, grief, and loving action. Don’t think about doom, but what you can do about it. Topics Discussed: Do we need any more reminders? Turning points in Earth’s natural history Tree of Knowledge: Cut down, remains turned into paper, and warnings burned Heaven on Earth: Hopelessly in love with nature but sense of dread and panic Climate Change: High levels of destruction; ecosystems survive or never recover Agricultural Country: Farmers rely on and impacted by climate for growing crops Environmental Movement: Philosophical arguments why climate change matters Biological Annihilation: Dinosaurs to other species, mammals, animals go extinct Pandemics threats continue due to modern living, fossil fuels, human behavior Climate Breakdowns: Uneven and loss of access to human spaces, creatures Capabilities: Change activities, habits, consumption, energy, and people involved Book of Revelation: Misguided general awareness, grief over greenhouse gases Grief vs. Despair: Difference between what will and won’t change Impact on Faith: Life, intelligence, and interaction permeate everything Active vs. Passive Mindset: You can still live, change, and care Higher Emissions: Deliberate or willful ignorance where 50% comes from 10% System of Enemies: Speak to power about practices, assumptions, interests Civil Disobedience: Makes the change and sense when done with compassion Links and Resources: Everybody Now Podcast Dr. Gail Bradbrook (Scientist and co-founder of Extinction Rebellion) Kevin Anderson (Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University of Manchester) Dámaris Albuquerque (Agricultural communities in Nicaragua) Dr. Rowan Williams (Theologian, poet, and former Archbishop of Canterbury) Pádraig Ó Tuama (Poet, theologian, and conflict mediator) Rachel Mander (Environmental activist with Hope for the Future) John Swales (Priest, activist, and part of a community for marginalised people) Zena Kazeme (Persian-Iraqi poet and former refugee) Flo Brady (Singer and theatre maker) Hannah Malcolm (Anglican ordinand, climate writer, and organizer) Alastair McIntosh (Writer, academic, and land rights activist) David Benjamin Blower (Musician, poet, and podcaster) Tim Nash (Nomad Podcast) IPCC Special Report Emissions Scenarios Tell the Truth and Ask People to Act Accordingly Rising Up! World Health Organization (WHO) Rachel Carson Francis Bacon Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Oct 2020

1 hr 47 min

When Dr. Kyl Myers and their husband decided to have a child, they came to an unorthodox decision: they would not assign a gender to their baby. Dr. Kyl teaches the world how to raise children without gender-based shame, expectations, and limitations. Instead, she's an advocate for unconditional love so kids can live vibrant, authentic lives.   Kyl is a sociologist, educator, and advocate for Gender Creative Parenting. Her TED talk, Want Gender Equality? Let's Get Creative, encourages people to rethink childhood gender socialization.  Kyl’s new book, Raising Them: Our Adventure in Gender Creative Parenting documents their journey raising their child, Zoomer. She is the creator of the Raising Zoomer website & Instagram, a place where kids be kids in an environment where everything is for everyone.   Topics Discussed: Faith and Religion: Mormonism shaped identity journey—for better and worse Homophobia: Same-sex controversy, no promo homo laws, and conversion Queer Community: Recognizing and finding one’s self is liberating Social Justice: Fight for the underdog and against being ostracized Education: Check your ignorance and think on your own to learn valuable things Love and Marriage: Meet people, make choices, and question family values Gender Creative Parenting: Commit to raising children by supporting diversity Links and Resources: Kyl Myers Kyl Myers’s TED Talk: Want gender equality? Let's get creative Raising Them: Our Adventure in Gender Creative Parenting Raising Zoomer Raising Zoomer on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Oct 2020

50 min 46 sec

Brit Barron is a teacher, speaker, and author of the recently released book, Worth It: Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made For. Brit grew up in an evangelical church and eventually became the pastor of a megachurch at only 26 years old. It was truly too soon to understand herself, her dreams, and her sexuality. That is, until Brit met Sami, a woman who changed, saved, and transformed her entire life. Brit decided to leave the church, get married to Sami, and come out. Choosing freedom is always worth it—no matter the cost. Currently, Brit and Sami live in Austin, Texas, with their dog, Charles Barkley, and a house filled with plants that they treat like children. Topics Discussed: Identity: Female, lesbian, kind of tall, kind of Christian, and somebody’s wife Fighter’s Mentality: Pure, true, Christian narrative competes with other options Metaphor: Spring is always coming and new life is being birthed On a Rampage: Remember, more than one thing can be true at the same time Harm, Hard Work, Half Reality: Racist people can still be nice Closeted to Coming Out: Breaking boundaries while wrestling with fear for truth Right or Wrong Choices? Stop or continue to take the next step toward healing Links and Resources: Brit Barron Brit Barron on Instagram Worth It: Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made For Queerology: Brit Barron is Gloriously Queer Queerology: Brit & Sami - YAY Packages! Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation Miley Cyrus’s The Climb Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Sep 2020

42 min 59 sec

Emily Scott is a church planter and Lutheran pastor who believes Christian practice holds out rich possibilities that call us to reach across boundaries in love, learn through discomfort, and build relationships that bring God's realm close. Emily, who identifies as queer and genderqueer, is committed to building communities of faith that dismantle fear and hate, affirm LGBTQ+ people, and confront racial injustice.  Currently, Emily serves as the founding pastor of Dreams and Visions, an imaginative spiritual community of restoration that is rooted in the LGBTQ+ community. Also, Emily is the author of the recently published book, For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World. Topics Discussed: Identity and Faith: Formed and shaped by privileges and influence of whiteness Threads of Liberation: Bible stories make for constant coming out and emerging Church Culture: Progressive path to walk or follow scripts to shut off yourself Communion: Transcendent/transported expression of faith in God’s presence Dinner Church: Deep symbols of faith bring people together to feast upon Embedded Misogyny: Process and performance of being feminine or masculine What to Wear? Pants, skirts, or whatever feels right and comfortable, not painful Resurrection: Come back in a transformed state and leave behind past versions Links and Resources: Emily Scott’s Website For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World Dreams and Visions St. Lydia's Dinner Church Emily Scott on Instagram Emily Scott on Twitter Emily Scott on Facebook Kinsey Scale Queerology: Nadia Bolz-Weber is Trying Compassion Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Sep 2020

40 min 32 sec

Andrea Dalzell was told she could never become a nurse because of her disability. Never tell Andrea what she can and can’t do. At five years old, Andrea was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM), a neurological condition that causes paralysis. However, growing up using a wheelchair didn't stop her from pursuing a career in health care. Today, Andrea is a registered nurse, disability advocate, and speaker. She studied biology and neuroscience in college to earn an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing (RN, BSN).  As the first registered nurse who uses a wheelchair in New York City, thousands of clinicians, caregivers, and wheelchair users follow Andrea’s career pursuits as The Seated Nurse on Instagram. Unhidden and unapologetically, Andrea is a queer, black woman with a disability. Topics Discussed: Faith and Identity: Sometimes shifts or stays stagnate Why me? Why God? Why a diagnosis transforms a person’s life Doctors, Prayers, and Pain: Need to be cured and whole in normal society Special Ed Student: Picked on and scolded because of physical disability My Mom, My Advocate: Disability doesn’t define or determine ability Rage and Rebellion: Going against society when not allowed to be normal Accessibility: Find your voice and strength to ask for help as a human being Why Nursing School? Holistic approach to whole patient, not their diagnosis All About Me to Advocacy Work: People with disabilities want equal opportunities Fake It to Make It: Understand that you’re worthy, deserving, and included Love Yourself: Mental health is what’s most important, so take care of you Links and Resources: The Seated Nurse on Instagram Transverse Myelitis (TM) Ms. Wheelchair NY: ‘Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Access’ Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Beyond Shame Healing Day Hosted by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Aug 2020

41 min 14 sec

Leigh Finke is a writer, producer, and editor from St. Paul, Minnesota. Her work focuses on religion and culture and how both intersect with the lives of queer people. She has two new books releasing August 25 titled, Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens and Welcoming and Affirming: A Guide to Supporting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian Youth. These books are some of the best and most comprehensive resources I've ever seen for LGBTQ+ teens and people of all ages. Topics Discussed: Christianity as a negative closeting tool Gender concepts Leigh's paradigm shift Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: Your identity is real, valid, and valuable Focusing on spirituality instead. of maintaining faith for others Harmful and toxic religion changing to affirmation and support Doing what’s best for you; coming out is not a necessity    Links and Resources: Leigh Finke’s Website Leigh Finke on Twitter Leigh Finke on Facebook Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens Welcoming and Affirming: A Guide to Supporting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian Youth Orlando Shooting at Pulse Nightclub National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008) Queerology Podcast on Instagram Queerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Beyond Shame Healing Day Hosted by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Aug 2020

36 min 55 sec

In January 2020, Netflix released a reality show titled, The Circle. One of the contestants was Chris Sapphire, a gay guy with a huge personality who talked about his faith in the first five minutes of the show.  Chris wasn’t playing a character. He is just as quirky and enthusiastic in real life. In this episode, Chris openly talks about depression and suicide using spirited language. He also describes neuroplasticity—within scripture, our minds can be renewed and that’s a promise from God.   Therapy is a recommended and important part of the renewal of our minds. If only spiritual means doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you.  Topics Discussed:  Faith Forms Identity: Christianity is fiber of Chris’s existence Depressive State of Mind: Discovering God was saving grace from suicide  Bible vs. Bullying: School bus stop proves God’s prevention God and the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would want to be treated Imperfectly Perfect: Sinner or saint? Surrender to Savior  Taking Notes: Chris’s time on The Circle spent writing Bible verses Fear and Conflict: Deny documentary striving to disprove Jesus’s existence Prayer and Affirmation: What if...? Optimistic, hopeful, life-changing experiences Links and Resources:  Chris Sapphire on InstagramChris Sapphire on YouTubeChris Sapphire on TwitterChris Sapphire on FacebookThe CircleDancing QueenAlyssa EdwardsAdore DelanoRuPaul’s Drag RacePete ButtigiegBeyond Shame by Matthias RobertsMatthias Roberts on Patreon    

Jul 2020

44 min 36 sec

Blake Mundell wanted to be a worship songwriter, but quickly became disillusioned and transitioned to pop music. He now writes and records songs under the name, COURIER. Blake is recording a new album and his new single, Conversion, releases July 17. Also, Blake is a sports massage therapist and on the medical staff for the Tennessee Titans. He’s an instructor of ethics, anatomy, and physiology at Mind Body Institute and is happiest when on a beach volleyball court.  Blake lives with his partner, Tim, and dog, Jesse. Topics Discussed:  How Blake identifies in relationships and religion  How conversion therapy reates abusive and damaging sense of camaraderie  COURIER: Concept artist humanizes people and writes about life experiences Words of Wisdom: Mess up, know it’s ok, but do what’s possible to not mess up White Tears: Identity comes from community; give up power, give up what binds Emotional Labor: Hard but necessary; white people need to become whole again Theological Walls: Barrier from experiencing empathy due to what God made you Links and Resources:  Blake Mundell on InstagramBlake Mundell on Twitter COURIERPresent TenseWhite TearsMind Body InstituteTennessee TitansBridge to TerabithiaSueAnn ShiahWiccaColin KaepernickBad Theology Kills by Kevin GarciaQueerology, Ep 42 with SueAnn ShiahQueerology Podcast on InstagramQueerology Podcast on Twitter Beyond Shame by Matthias RobertsMatthias Roberts on Patreon Queerology releases every other Tuesday and is supported by its listeners via Patreon. Join in the conversation on Twitter: @queerologypod Until next week, -Matthias

Jul 2020

41 min 45 sec

How are you celebrating the first-ever national Queer Youth of Faith (QYF) Day on June 30, 2020? On this episode of Queerology, a panel celebrates the life, creativity, and gifts of queer youth of faith.  The panel includes Ameera, a trans Bengali-American Muslim; Taline, a bisexual Armenian Christian; Daniel, a gay Jew; and Sebastian, a trans Christian. Happy QYF Day!  Topics Discussed:  QYF Panel: How each identifies and how faith formed their identity Honor, Celebrate, Center: Importance and meaning of QYF Day to each panelist Affirming Theology: Spread awareness that God doesn’t hate you Queer Realization: Born this way and continual struggle to find hope and support Advice: Nobody’s perfect, don’t change, you’re not alone, find your people Links and Resources:  QYF DayBeloved Arise Jewish Queer Youth Keshet Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender DiversityRebel & DivineKevin Garcia on YouTube Beyond Shame by Matthias RobertsMatthias Roberts on Patreon

Jun 2020

45 min 42 sec

Are you afraid to walk in your own neighborhood? Tired of being blocked by white people who think they own the sidewalk? Are you an ally or accomplice?  Kashif Andrew Graham steps in as guest host for Matthias Roberts to talk to Rev. Broderick Greer about moving from allyship to accompliceship. As a priest-on-staff at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, Broderick directs liturgy and oversees ministry for people in their 20s and 30s.  Occasionally, Broderick offers lectures and facilitates conversations related to the interplay of culture, theology, and justice.  Broderick’s work has been in The Guardian, Teen Vogue, On Being, and The Washington Post. Topics Discussed:  Current Events: Things are breaking everywhere—in a necessary way  Allyship or Accompliceship: Walk with Shawn or white saviorism on Nextdoor?  Ally Framework: Difference between support and privilege; charity and justice Unfriended Friends: What is sustainable—ally or accomplice framework?  Toxic Positivity: Unveiling black/white relations and unrealistic perceptions Disrespect and Disconnect  White people don’t own the world Social Media: Watching black death retraumatizes; reinforces white imagination Sorry, Not Sorry: I’m not exhausted by being black PRIDE: What it means to be a queer, black man Links and Resources:  Broderick Greer A black man was afraid to walk in his gentrified community. So 75 neighbors walked with him. Dying of Whiteness Accomplices, Not Allies A Brief History of the Black Friend Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom  Nextdoor Andre Perry Christian Cooper Eric Garner The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel Alice Walker Angela Davis Stonewall Riots Kashif Andrew Graham on Instagram Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts Matthias Roberts on Patreon

Jun 2020

49 min 33 sec

Join Broderick Greer, Brit Barron, Robin DiAngelo, Darren Calhoun, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, and Kenji Kuramitsu for this special compilation episode about liberation and justice. Links & Resources Care by and for Black and Brown folks (white folks, give these orgs money): The Mystic Soul Project The Nap Ministry Sweet Rest Other Links and Resources: Google (learn how to use it) National Bail Fund Network Donate to Black Lives Matter Anti-racism Resources for White People 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice White Homework by Torri Williams Douglass AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez A Booklet of Uncommon Prayer Nordstrom Corporate Statement White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Race Darren Calhoun Dr. Robyn Henderson Espinoza Activist Theology Brit Barron Worth It: Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made For Broderick Greer  

Jun 2020

56 min 23 sec

James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest, and author, who has studied, lived, and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Spain, America, and England.  Known for his firm but patient insistence on truthfulness regarding gay matters as an ordinary part of basic Christianity, James is dedicated to pastoral outreach. James has written eight books. His latest is titled, Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice.  James earned a doctorate in theology and serves as a Fellow and Chair of the Education Committee at IMITATIO, an organization that focuses on René Girard’s insights into human behavior and culture. Topics Discussed: James’s faith journey René Girard and mimetic theory The scapegoat mechanism Sacred (or Holy) vs. Mysticism (or Mythification) of Divine as churches crumble Intelligence of victim Grace and growth   Links and Resources:  James AlisonBooks by James AlisonJesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard VoiceIMITATIORené Girard and Mimetic TheoryNadia Bolz-WeberLeap of Faith Movie with Steve MartinBeyond Shame by Matthias RobertsMatthias Roberts on Patreon Tweets: God’s word matters more than any amount of scientific knowledge or learning. Catholicism: Grace perfects nature. Gradual Realization: Reality is screwed up, but not radically screwed up.  Learn from who you are, what is true. God has nothing to do with violence.

May 2020

39 min 9 sec

Nadia Bolz-Weber is an ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, and New York Times best-selling author. Nadia’s three memoirs are Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint; Accidental Saints: Finding God In All The Wrong People; and SHAMELESS: A Sexual Reformation. Also, Nadia has an online publication, newsletter, and community called, The Corners. Recently, she started her own podcast, The Confessional. Nadia writes and speaks about personal failings, recovery, grace, faith, and whatever else is on her mind. You can usually find her sitting in the corner with the other weirdos.  Topics Discussed: The confines of labels Nadia's faith journey Spiritual authority and gender bias The dualism of idealism and devaluation The path to maturity and compassion Free will Scapegoating and callouts Where do we find hope?   Links and Resources:  Nadia Bolz-WeberNadia Bolz-Weber on InstagramNadia Bolz-Weber on TwitterHouse for All Sinners and SaintsThe CornersThe ConfessionalPastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & SaintAccidental Saints: Finding God In All The Wrong People SHAMELESS: A Sexual ReformationFrank SchaefferFresh AirTerry GrossWild, Wild Country on NetflixRob BellBrian WilliamsDominion by Tom HollandBeyond Shame by Matthias RobertsMatthias Roberts on Patreon

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May 2020

40 min 45 sec

Jeff Chu is a writer, reporter, and editor. He’s the author of Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America.  Currently, Jeff lives in Michigan with his husband and serves as a teacher-in-residence at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.  Also, Jeff co-hosts Evolving Faith with Sarah Bessey, a yearly conference for those exploring faith and answers related to sexuality, justice, church, and life. Jeff graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS). He was a farmhand at PTS’s Farminary, where theological education focuses on small-scale regenerative agriculture. Topics Discussed:  Faith and identity Exploring sexuality to reconcile faith Learning about love Jeff’s Book: Does Jesus Really Love Me? God’s invitations for us Seasons and Seeds: Invitation to resurrect, regenerate, restore, and renourish Chasing and Capturing Struggle: Core need is to know that you matter to God  Links and Resources:  Jeff ChuJeff Chu on InstagramJeff Chu on TwitterDoes Jesus Really Love Me?Evolving FaithCentral Reformed ChurchPrinceton Theological Seminary (PTS): FarminaryNotes of a Make-Believe FarmerBeyond Shame by Matthias RobertsMatthias Roberts on Patreon

Apr 2020

40 min 45 sec

Cameron Esposito is a Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor, and writer. She’s the host of the Queery podcast, which features interviews with LGBTQ luminaries.  Recently, Cameron released her first book, Save Yourself, a memoir that addresses sexuality, gender, and equality. It describes how her Catholic upbringing prepared her for a career as an outspoken lesbian comedian.   Also, Cameron is the co-creator and co-star of the TV series, Take My Wife. Her recent comedy special, Rape Jokes, raised nearly $100,000 for RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.  All systems have hypocrisy and flaws. Nobody is perfect. Comedy can be a relief.  Cameron is endlessly curious about other people’s past and present experiences. What will happen next? Topics Discussed: Her Catholic upbringing Gender equality and queer theory Social justice, support, and safe places Liberation theology What was missing in the Catholic message she was taught Fear of abandonment The connection between being a comic and a priest   The importance of having accountability in communities   Links and Resources:  Cameron Esposito Queery with Cameron Esposito Save Yourself Take My Wife Rape Jokes RAINN Spotlight Matthias Roberts on Patreon  

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Apr 2020

40 min 52 sec

Kalen Allen is a YouTuber known for his Kalen Reacts videos featuring colorful and witty commentary on culinary concoctions. Kalen’s videos captured Ellen DeGeneres’s interest and was offered the opportunity to collaborate and produce content for her digital platforms. Now, Kalen has a regular guest spot on The Ellen Show and weekly news series called, OMKalen. Kalen’s videos boast more than 487 million views thanks to his infectious personality and wide-brimmed red hat. As Kalen continues to entertain in the digital space, he will make his acting debut in Seth Rogen’s Untitled Pickle Comedy.  Kalen is originally from Kansas City, Kansas, and now lives in Hollywood, California. He describes how he continues to experience internalized homophobia.

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Mar 2020

40 min 8 sec

Mark your calendars, because Queerology is returning on March 24 for an all new season!

Mar 2020

1 min 1 sec

Join Kevin Garcia and Matthias as they celebrate the release of his new book Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms, out everywhere TODAY! Recorded live from QCF Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! Purchase Beyond Shame wherever you buy books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

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Jan 2020

45 min 32 sec

Linda Kay Klein has spent her career working at the cross section of faith, gender, sexuality, and social change. She’s the author of “Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free” — a book that shares her 15+ years of research on sexual shame, fear, anxiety, and PTSD-like experiences among individuals raised in purity culture. For access to the full masterclass, head to beyondshamebook.com Linda can be found at lindakaykelin.com

Dec 2019

21 min 34 sec

Listen to my brand new Patreon Exclusive podcast over at patreon.com/matthiasroberts Vivian Gietz is a 23-year-old bisexual Catholic woman, writer, feminist, and activist. A communications and administrative professional, she graduated from the University of British Columbia,  with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Gender and Womens' Studies. Vivian is primarily interested in exploring positive queer and feminist intersections with Catholicism and Christianity through her blogging, poetry, and everyday life. Her creative perspective allows her to navigate both personal and professional situations with an emphasis on diversity, inspiration, and spirituality. She currently resides in Vancouver, BC with her beloved cat, Baby, and blogs at www.viviangietz.com

Oct 2019

29 min 33 sec

  (This episode originally aired November 12, 2018) Alyson Stoner is an accomplished actress, dancer and recording artist who is known from her performances in blockbuster franchises Step Up and Cheaper by the Dozen; to her voiceover work in the Emmy award-winning series Phineas and Ferb; to dancing in music videos for the likes of Missy Elliot and Eminem; and most recently her new music. Earlier this year, Alyson came out publicly via her single “When It’s Right” and an essay in Teen Vogue, sharing her journey of falling in love with a woman for the first time. In this episode Alyson shares about wrestling with her faith and sexuality, coming out, and how she's learned to embrace mystery. Alyson can be found on Twitter and Instagram, @alysonstoner. She's also on YouTube, youtube.com/therealalysonstoner. Queerology is on Twitter and Instagram, @queerologypod  

Oct 2019

42 min 35 sec

Dr. Robyn is back for their third appearance on Queerology, this time to celebrate the publication of their new book Activist Theology which is out everywhere today! Robyn Henderson-Espinoza is a theologian and ethicist based in Nashville, TN. They work in the hybrid spaces of the church, the academy, and movements for justice. They were named 1 of 10 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2018 by the Center for American Progress. Robyn is the founder of the Activist Theology Project, a collaborative project that uses media, art, advocacy, and story-telling as the primary forms of public theology and ethics. Find out more about Dr. Robyn's work at www.irobyn.com

Oct 2019

35 min 33 sec

Emily Joy is a spoken word poet, yoga teacher and author living and working in Nashville. Her advocacy takes place at the intersection of faith, sexuality and healing, and her work has been featured in Time, Cosmopolitan, Jezebel, Mother Jones, The Huffington Post and more. Emily is the co-creator of the #ChurchToo hashtag, a #MeToo spinoff exposing sexual violence in Christian churches and other faith communities. In this episode, she talks with Matthias about purity culture, #ChurchToo, and her new book project. Emily can be found at emilyjoypoetry.com. She's on Instagram and Twitter @emilyjoypoetry. Queerology is on Twitter and Instagram, @queerologypod

Sep 2019

39 min 23 sec

The Rev. Dr. Yvette A. Flunder is an unapologetic disciple and proponent of the radically inclusive love of Jesus, who has raised her voice for justice from the church house to the White House and steps of the Supreme Court. During the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 80s, Bishop Flunder worked on the ground providing life-saving care, and today continues her work for intersectional justice around the world. In this episode, she shares about being a justice warrior, how she has sustained her work for many years, and about the heretical nature of Jesus.

Sep 2019

50 min 26 sec

Last week, Bethel Church posted a message on their Instagram asking "Can a person leave homosexuality behind?" promoting their "Changed Movement" which shares stories of people who have "experienced freedom" from being LGBTQ+. 90 Seconds of Truth is our response. Kevin Garcia and I joined forces and asked people on our social media channels to share 90-second stories with us of what their lives have been like since leaving toxic theology behind. We had so many responses that we needed to break things up into two episodes! Listen in today and again tomorrow on Kevin's Podcast, A Tiny Revolution to hear all these incredible stories! Together, we can fight the resurgence of ex-gay theology. A theology that is responsible for the deaths of LGBTQ+ people all over the world. Join us and tell your story using the hashtag #90SecondsOfTruth

Aug 2019

50 min 25 sec

Join in as panelists Trey Pearson, Matthew Wigmore, Rev. Leenane Shiels, and Mary Ann Saunders discuss the future of the LGBTQ+ movement with Matthias in front of a live audience. This episode was recorded during SpiritPride 2019 at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, BC.

Aug 2019

1 hr 16 min

Liz Edman is an Episcopal priest and political strategist. She is the author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity (Beacon Press, 2016). In this episode, she discusses the inherent queerness of Christianity, God, and what gives her hope. Liz has lived and worked on the front lines of many of the most pressing issues where religion and sexuality meet, serving as an inner city hospital chaplain to people with HIV/AIDS from 1989 to 1995 and helping craft political and communications strategies for marriage equality efforts. In 2017, she partnered with Parity to create Glitter+Ash Wednesday, a project to increase the visibility of progressive, queer-positive Christians and to explore Christian liturgy through a queer lens. Her writing has been featured in Salon.com, The Advocate, LGBT Nation, and Religion News Service. She has been interviewed for feature and news articles in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Sun-Times, and Religion Dispatches. Liz can be found at queervirtue.com and on Twitter @liz_edman Queerology is on Twitter and Instagram, @queerologypod  

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Aug 2019

46 min 35 sec

This episode was recorded live from the Wild Goose Festival podcast stage on July 12, 2019 in Hot Springs, NC. Anna Golladay is a United Methodist Minister who made headlines in 2018 when she was fired for performing a same-gender wedding. Listen in as she shares some of her story, her thoughts about where the UMC is heading now, and the larger implications on churches everywhere. Anna can be found at unholyhairetic.com and on Twitter @unholyhairetic

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Jul 2019

50 min 8 sec