41 episodes

Imago Gei is a play on the term Imago Dei, which means made in the Image of God. Imago Gay is a gay podcast production affirming that we are all deserving of dignity. Gay church anyone? Spectrum Magazine, SDA Kinship along with Kendra Arsenault M.Div. have come together to bring you the latest on queer theology and a minority perspective on faith.

Imago Gay is the affirmation of our humanity and shared value in the eyes of God. This dignity and affirmation of human value, which is the birthright of every living and breathing human being is one that is often forgotten when affirming the dignity of LGBTQ lives. LGBTQ youth are four times as likely to commit suicide. LGBTQ youth also make up 40% of the homeless youth in America. Unfortunately, much of their suicidality and housing insecurity is caused by bad theology. Whether it’s parents who kick their children out of the home for coming out, or the depression that comes with believing that being queer means there is no future possibility of love, family and happiness and you’ve once dreamed. Bad theology is one that does not treat the other as Imago Dei, made in the image of God. So as a statement both to ourselves and to others, Imago Gei is a podcast that affirms that we are all made in the image of God, even the gays….

Imago Gei | Queer Faith. Colorful God‪.‬ Kendra Arsenault

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Imago Gei is a play on the term Imago Dei, which means made in the Image of God. Imago Gay is a gay podcast production affirming that we are all deserving of dignity. Gay church anyone? Spectrum Magazine, SDA Kinship along with Kendra Arsenault M.Div. have come together to bring you the latest on queer theology and a minority perspective on faith.

Imago Gay is the affirmation of our humanity and shared value in the eyes of God. This dignity and affirmation of human value, which is the birthright of every living and breathing human being is one that is often forgotten when affirming the dignity of LGBTQ lives. LGBTQ youth are four times as likely to commit suicide. LGBTQ youth also make up 40% of the homeless youth in America. Unfortunately, much of their suicidality and housing insecurity is caused by bad theology. Whether it’s parents who kick their children out of the home for coming out, or the depression that comes with believing that being queer means there is no future possibility of love, family and happiness and you’ve once dreamed. Bad theology is one that does not treat the other as Imago Dei, made in the image of God. So as a statement both to ourselves and to others, Imago Gei is a podcast that affirms that we are all made in the image of God, even the gays….

    The Promises of Exile

    The Promises of Exile

    Transitions can often feel exilic, even Biblical at times like the stories of the exodus. Today, we reflect on our spiritual lives ten years ago and how cleaning out books and boxes for our big move is bringing a refreshed perspective on the journey of exile.

    • 52 min
    Transitions | Life on the Move

    Transitions | Life on the Move

    Spring is the season for transitions. Spring cleaning, the weather changes, and sometimes even a move across the country! This week we discuss some big moves in the journey of our lesbian romance, along with how we are choosing to integrate spirituality, wholeness, and health into our life decisions moving forward in the aftermath of religious trauma. Today, your hosts, Kendra Arsenault, M.Div. and Spiritual Care Provider Roxan Marie Del Valle La Torre, M.Div. share about the ups and downs of transitions. You can follow your hosts today @kendraarsenaux and @roxanmariie

    • 46 min
    Valentine's Day Special: Lesbian Love Affair

    Valentine's Day Special: Lesbian Love Affair

    Happy Valentine's Day! We decided to kick off this season's podcast by discussing how we met, dating as women after Seminary, being in a woman-with-woman relationship, and our engagement process. We talk about theological hurdles, challenges, and what we love so much about being in a lesbian relationship. 

    • 43 min
    New Growth for a New Year

    New Growth for a New Year

    Today, we are reflecting on the first year of the Imago Gei podcast. It’s been a little over a year since that defining moment of disclosing my bi identity, and today we are reflecting on the growth and journey this year has brought from the many wonderful guests who opened up an incredible world of theology, therapy, and hope for a more inclusive tomorrow. We also discuss the journey of learning to be comfortable with the uncomfortable, managing the anxiety of being different within our religious communities, and answering the big question of "when all our dragons are slayed, who am I now?" Our co-host for this week is Spiritual Care Provider Roxan Del Valle, M.Div. along with yours truly, Kendra Arsenault, M.Div. This week is our concluding podcast for this season of Imago Gei, which has been sponsored by two magnificent organizations that are so near and dear to my heart. I want to give a special thanks to Spectrum Magazine and Alexander Carpenter, in particular, along with SDA Kinship, and Floyd Poenitz, who have partnered with me to bring you this project to amplify LGBTQ voices and LGBTQ theology for a wider audience. If you as a listener are able, please be sure to support these incredible organizations @SDAKinship.org and @spectrummagazine.org

    • 36 min
    Spirituality & Mental Health

    Spirituality & Mental Health

    Spiritual Care Provider Roxan Del Valle and myself, Kendra Arsenault, discuss on a recent panel hosted by SDA Kinship the role of Spiritual Care amid a mental health crisis. As a Spiritual Care Provider for the psychiatric unit, Chaplain Del Valle works with a team of care providers and specializes in a particular set of interventions to de-escalate and establish a grounded connection. As one of our listeners asked, how do you continue to care for your mental and spiritual health when you’re doubting your faith? What happens when your deconstruction journey takes you down the road of isolation, and you’re looking for ways to connect with self, community, and God once again? Today’s sponsors are Spectrum magazine @spectrummagazine.org and SDA kinship international @sdakinship.org.

    • 55 min
    The Pryde | LGBTQ Senior Housing Project

    The Pryde | LGBTQ Senior Housing Project

    Gretchen Van Ness, Civil Rights Attorney and Executive Director at LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., discusses how the LGBTQ affordable senior housing project took flight and why LGBTQ seniors are a particularly vulnerable population. The Pryde LGBTQ, affordable Senior housing project, is a model for how to support the marginalized, provide justice for the outcast, and begin the work of healing past traumas. You can find out more at LGBTQSeniorHousing.org. Today’s sponsors, Spectrum magazine and SDA kinship international can be found at spectrummagazine.org and sdakinship.org.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Mommy5doc ,

Candid, sensitive and lucid take on what matters

I thoroughly enjoy the rich conversations Kendra and Roxanne explore on each podcast. Growing up in the SDA community and deconstructing after my son came out made me thirsty for broader discussions. Finding Imago Gei brought comfort, joy and a sense of belonging. Thank you!

Rabbi Shulamit Izen ,

Imago Gei Speaks Truth in Love

A brilliant, brave, bold, and necessary podcast for the SDA community and all communities of faith.

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