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In this CLGS Queer & Latinx Faith Conversation Rev. Dr. Eric Thomas a queer Afro-Latinx imagines a decolonial vision for Jesus’ instruction to be(come) salt, light, and sugar in The Gospel of Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount.

Rev. Dr. Eric A. Thomas

Reverend 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 a Louisville Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of New Testament and Queer Studies at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City. 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.

Rev. Thomas is also the Interim Pastor of Siloam Presbyterian Church in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, the Chair of the Personnel and Transitional Presbyter Search Committees of the Presbyter of New York City, and the co-moderator of the General Assembly Committee on Representation (GACOR). Eric graduated 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, when not conspiring with his comrades to dream otherwise.

Co-Sponsored by The CLGS African American Roundtable

This CLGS Queer and Latinx Faith Conversation was recorded on 20 October 2022