Rachael Ward (they/them) is a public theologian and LGBTQ activist. Currently, Rachael is pursuing a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Practical Theology – pastoral care at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Rachael lives with their wife, Chelsea, and two fur-babies in Atlanta where they focus on talking about and working around death, grief, and death doulas.
- Upbringing: Faith did not help form identity, but kept Rachael from their identity
- What if I am gay? Shameful hiding and living a double life
- Life and Death Matters: Birth is beautiful burst of life, death is dark and terrible
- Living-Death Narratives: Grief keeps disembodied beings stuck
- What is available pastorally? Affirming theology (a.k.a. the Biblical case)
- Persistent Queer Themes: Disassociation, minimizing, and spiritual rationing
- Living-Death Directives: Start with zero expectations and consent conversations
- Steps to a Better Life: Facilitation, accessible writing, and meaningful help
Links and Resources:
Rachael Ward’s Website – Queer in Faith
American Academy of Religion (AAR)
Mosaic Grief by Melissa Kelley
Peter Levine from the Ergos Institute, Inc.
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Pure by Linda Kay Klein
2022 Q Christian Fellowship Conference
Masterclass: 4 Practices You Can Start Now to Move Beyond Shame
Queerology Podcast on Instagram
Queerology Podcast on Twitter
Beyond Shame by Matthias Roberts
Matthias Roberts on Patreon
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