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Queer Saints and Ancestors: Spiritual Practices of Recovery and Imagination with Flora x. Tang

  • June 18, 2024
  • Start Time: 7:00 pm ET
  • End Time: 8:15 pm ET
Learn how queer Catholics have retrieved stories of queer saints and ancestors and practice feminist reimagination of the saints and their presence in our lives

Throughout church history, Catholics and other Christians have turned to the saints as sources of hope, inspiration, friendship, and community. How have queer Catholics turned to a similar spirituality of saints and ancestors to sustain them in their faith and justice? How have stories of queer saints been a source of inspiration, but also a site of contestation? During this talk, we will have a chance to learn about how queer Catholics have retrieved stories of queer saints and queer ancestors, and will also together begin some practices of feminist reimagination of the saints and their presence in our lives.

Flora x. Tang is a doctoral candidate in theology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she writes and researches about post-traumatic theology, queer theology, and decolonial Asian theology. Flora has previously worked as a hospital chaplain, a campus ministry fellow, and a service-learning program coordinator for college students. Her theology and preaching draw from her complex faith journey to and within Catholicism: from becoming Catholic at age 19 after living and serving with Catholic sisters, to deconstructing her faith while living in Palestine, to discovering her own queer Catholic expressions of faith. Flora is committed to reimagining God’s love while standing on the margins of the Catholic faith.