Dr. Megan DeFranza, theologian, author, speaker, film-maker, research associate at the Center for Mind and Culture, and visiting researcher at the Boston University School of Theology, along with Dawn Mark Bacon-Johnson, local activist, will present “Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God,” Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in David Straz Hall 105.
This event will focus on the ways scripture and tradition can surprise us in their ability to help integrate the science of sex differences with Christian faith.
In addition to speaking, DeFranza will share excerpts from her new documentary currently in progress,”Stories of Intersex and Faith.” Johnson will share a personal perspective on how intersex people have been treated in our society and in our churches.
Following the presentation, DeFranza will host a public discussion on Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Lake Park Lutheran Church. The discussion will be aimed at people in ministry and the ways to make churches feel safer and more welcoming to these invisible members of our communities as well as why we need to learn from their unique, too-often silenced, perspectives.
The Departments of Social and Cultural Sciences, Psychology, Philosophy, Theology along with The Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies, LGBTQ+ Resource Center and the Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project of the Templeton Religion Trust will host the talk.
For questions, contact the LGBTQ+ Resource Center.