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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
    • 5.0 • 2 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.

    Chavonn Williams Shen Writes to Heal

    Chavonn Williams Shen Writes to Heal

    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 Shen
    Chavonn Williams Shen on Facebook
    Chavonn Williams Shenn on Twitter
    Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW)
    The Nap Ministry - Rest as Resistance
    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

    • 44 min
    Tim Be Told on Love and Happiness

    Tim Be Told on Love and Happiness

    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

    • 41 min
    Collin Martin Came Out to Cary Umhau First

    Collin Martin Came Out to Cary Umhau First

    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

    • 43 min
    Everybody Now

    Everybody Now

    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

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Kyl Myers is Raising Them

    Kyl Myers is Raising Them

    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

    • 50 min
    Brit Barron Thinks It's Worth It

    Brit Barron Thinks It's Worth It

    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

    • 43 min

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