Sacred and Subversive is a book anthology in progress that seeks to explore how an individual’s queerness changes their relationship to their faith or spiritual tradition (the sacred), and how embracing queer people changes faith communities (the subversive).
Embracing our queerness changes our relationship to faith, spiritual tradition, and our relationship with all of the world around us. Queer people change faith communities by providing unique and necessary challenges to dominant spiritual hierarchies. Our communities—spiritual and otherwise—grow and thrive with the welcoming inclusion of queer people.
We hope to envision spirituality with a queer perspective, to encourage and guide communities to be queer-inclusive by fostering a wider queer multifaith community. It all starts with respecting and holding space for individuals’ stories.
Interested in writing for the the site or contributing to the book? Check out the writer’s guidelines.
Jera Brown is a queer Buddhist ex-Christian. They received their MFA at Columbia College Chicago and work as a freelance writer. They are a sexual health and reproductive justice reporter for Rebellious Magazine and the person behind Just the Tip, a sex and relationship advice column that offers inclusive, compassionate advice on underreported topics. Jera’s coming out story can be found on their blog, scarletchurch.com.
Jen Deerinwater is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, bisexual, Two Spirit, multiply-disabled journalist, speaker, and organizer who covers the myriad of issues hir communities face with an intersectional lens. Jen is the founding executive director of Crushing Colonialism, a Disability Futures fellow, and the co-creator and co-host of the Decolonized News Hour on The Real News Network.