19 December 2023

Dear Friends:

Happy Holidays from CLGS, the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion at Pacific School of Religion!

As we bring this year to a close, I am proud to report that our high-quality and innovative programs continue to make a real difference in the lives of LGBTQ people, our families, and our faith communities.

Here are just a few highlights from our work in 2023:

  • The CLGS Catholic Roundtable, the newest of our Roundtables, continues to expand its Oral History Project, which features the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds;
  • New resources for pastoral care and community-building include dozens of new video resources on queer spirituality, education, advocacy, and activism;
  • Ground-breaking scholarship is highlighted in our annual Harkness and Boswell Lectures, which feature internationally-recognized scholars, religious leaders, and social-change activists. Please join us on 18 April 2024 as we welcome Professor Luis Menéndez-Antuña as our 17th Annual CLGS Boswell Lecturer;
  • Cutting-edge educational programs, such as the PSR Certificate of Sexuality and Religion, which is now available in online and hybrid formats – and it can be completed in one academic year;
  • Vibrant conversations, mentoring, and spiritual formation for our 11th Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort, with students from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions; and
  • Weekly social media posts that help communities of faith expand their welcome of LGBTQ people, respond to current events, and address the spiritual needs of our communities.

We hope that you will join us in 2024 for several (or more!) CLGS programs that bring our work in advocacy, community-building, education, and research to people all over the world.

And I invite you to show your support for CLGS by making a gift of any amount. Whatever you can give, know that we deeply appreciate – and need – your generous support for our work which advances the well-being of LGBTQ people everywhere.

To give online, please click here.

Thank you for supporting CLGS and Happy New Year!



Bernard S. Schlager, PhD | Executive Director

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