We Are Interconnected: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey
March 10, 2021
In her book "Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology," Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey writes, “Black spirituality is deeper than-and can also be absent from-any relationship with the Church universal. Black spirituality, especially Black women’s spirituality, is connected to our very being.” In this episode we talk about contemplation's role in activism and scholarship by discussing Rev. Dr. Lightsey's time in Ferguson 2014 and beyond.
The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey is the author of "Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology." She is a scholar, social justice activist, and military veteran.Since January of 2018, she has served as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Constructive Theology at The Meadville Lombard Theological School.
Before that, Dr. Lightsey served as Associate Dean of Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice at the Boston University School of Theology.
Her work centers on the causes of peacemaking, racial justice and LGBTQ rights. In her book, she writes, “Queer womanist theology makes the claim that those bodies of LGBTQ persons are important for the tasks of helping build a peaceable and just world. That happens in relationships.” and “At the end of the day, eradicating oppression is the heart of queer womanist theological reflection. We must examine not just racism but sexisms, not just homophobia but transphobia, not jut poverty but war, and not jut the fluidity of boundaries but the hegemony of the status quo.” More about Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey Support the podcast