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On Wednesday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m., the Carpenter Initiative on Gender, Sexuality and Justice will host a public lecture  "An Unapologetic Witness: Black Queer Biblical Criticism" with Rev. Dr. Eric A. Thomas. The lecture will be held in the Bass Conference Center of the Brite Harrison building.

Rev. Dr. Eric A. Thomas is a scholar, pastor, and activist whose research engages Queer of Color Biblical Criticism, Black Religious Studies, and theopoetics. Eric is the Assistant Professor of Bible at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, and Senior Pastor of Siloam Presbyterian Church in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.  His work invites us to imagine everyday embodiments of freedom, flourishing, and futures, alongside communities for whom such pursuits are impeded by imperial Christianity and its attendant logics of heteronormativity, respectability politics, and erotophobia. Eric is a graduate of Drew University where he completed the PhD in New Testament with concentrations in Africana, and Women and Gender Studies, and the Interdenominational Theological Center where he completed his M.Div. He enjoys naps, spending quality time with his spouse Carlos, and being an awesome uncle to Jayden, Nia, and Devin.