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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.

Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being Matthias Roberts

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

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.

    Tara Teng Believes Justice Must Be Embodied

    Tara Teng Believes Justice Must Be Embodied

    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

    • 57 min
    Abi Robins Wants You To Transform

    Abi Robins Wants You To Transform

    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

    • 48 min
    Living Death with Rachael Ward

    Living Death with Rachael Ward

    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

    • 46 min
    Grace Semler Baldridge is a Preacher's Kid

    Grace Semler Baldridge is a Preacher's Kid

    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

    • 46 min
    On Deconstruction and Reconstruction with Crystal Cheatham

    On Deconstruction and Reconstruction with Crystal Cheatham

    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

    • 50 min
    Live with Coach Yeamah from QCF Conference 2021!

    Live with Coach Yeamah from QCF Conference 2021!

    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

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Ess_25 ,

Transformative

Though I am deeply spiritual, I have been resistant to engaging with the Christian community because of a lifetime of religious trauma. This podcast has been incredibly healing to me. I am amazed at the diverse people who open up about their personal faith journeys. The fact that so many of them choose to participate in Christian communities, while holding an untraditional belief system, brings hope that I can find my own community of like-minded faithful humans. Matthias is funny, kind and a delight to listen to. Thank you so much for being willing to engage in the most difficult topics with openness and authenticity.

ProfMcGonagall ,

Oh So True!

Enormous gratitude to this podcast. Positive and healthy at all levels of its being. Encouraging with a balanced and healthy theology expressing and encouraging a balanced and healthy sexuality... did you know the two are inseparable? Theology and Sexuality, I mean. If you don’t know this, then listen here. If you do know this, well listen here for more of the same. Thank you for your work Matthias!

BethHynes ,

Much needed

This podcast has so many important conversations around sexuality, identity, and faith. It’s so important to hear these voices and conversations in our faith community. I love it!

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