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Queering Faith: poetry, stories, theology

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Community United Church

805 South 6th Street

Champaign, IL 61820

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Queering Faith explores the relationship between faith and LGBTQ+ identity and practice. Engaging the body, asking the questions, and coming together as community to think beyond the binary of Queer Vs. Faith… and into the beauty of queering our own faith. We’ll use art and story and theology to engage the community.

The first 40 people to register will receive a pack of Queer Clergy Trading Cards.

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Rev. Dr. Chris S. Davies

Chris S. Davies is a Connecticut native and a Cleveland transplant and a wandering Irish Rover at heart. She loves the church deeply, and is committed to finding ways to continue to bring the gospel into the world. She attended Smith College for her undergrad work and Andover Newton for both a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. Chris grew up in the United Church of Christ, and was baptized and ordained within her home congregation in Connecticut. Chris is a queer femme, a local beer enthusiast, and a creative networker of communities. She is passionate about justice and Jesus, and is the founder and curator of the Queer Clergy Trading Cards, a project bringing visibility to queer clergy, using humor and irreverence to help change the conversation highlighting the common awe (and absurdities) in faith work. Chris lives in Cleveland, OH, where she is still seeking community and continuing to learn in faith and live justly, serving Christ in all things. She is currently serving on the National Staff of the United Church of Christ.


Emily Joy

Emily Joy is a spoken word poet, writer, yoga-teacher-in-training and creative justice enthusiast based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She honed her poetic craft on the Chicago slam poetry scene and has been touring the country performing at universities, high schools, churches, cafés, bars, music festivals, youth camps, and conferences for the past several years. Her passion is to help others, especially other women, make spiritual and creative progress in the wake of religious trauma, painful past experiences, and self-doubt -- a dream she pursues through poetry, blogging, speaking, facilitating creative writing and spoken word workshops, and soon, through the practices of yoga and meditation as well.

Being formally educated in theology and philosophy, Emily is intimately acquainted with what a powerful force for both justice and oppression that faith can be. Much of her work centers around issues of recovering from religious drama, and unlearning purity culture/harmful understandings of gender and sexuality, and building a new and creative sense of faith that is big and white and inclusive enough to change the world.


Rabbi Ariel Naveh

Rabbi Ariel Naveh (although he’d 100% prefer Rabbi Ari, or Ari, or hey you over there with the tall and the big hair!) was ordained from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 2015. While there, he studied the history of Jewish philosophy and ancient and modern poetry, about which he wrote his rabbinic thesis, which focused on Israeli poetry written after the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Born and raised on Long Island, Rabbi Ari has always expressed his Jewish connections through social justice and advocacy work. He believes strongly that we have a specific historical mandate to work towards justice for all people. He’s worked at the Hillel at the University of North Carolina, and at Goucher College in Baltimore, and this past year was honored to work with Bend the Arc’s new chapter in New York. In his spare time, he loves to cook, ride his bike, watch movies, and follow politics way, way too closely.


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