“A House of Prayer for All People: Contesting Citizenship in a Queer Church” by David K. Seitz— Race, Gender and Religion

Seitz, David K. “A House of Prayer for All People: Contesting Citizenship in a Queer Church”, University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Race, Gender and Religion

Amos Lassen

David K. Seitz in “A House of Prayer for All People: Contesting Citizenship in a Queer Church” studies “the affective dimensions of the politics of citizenship at one large LGBT church, focusing on debates on race and gender in religious leadership, activism around police–minority relations, outreach to LGBT Christians transnationally, and advocacy for asylum seekers.” He shows the reparative encounters with citizenship and religion through cultural geography, queer of color critique, psychoanalysis, and affect theory.

In doing this, Seitz complicates the common narrative about the natural divide between LGBT people and religion. By examining the Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto and its Pastor, Rev. Brent Hawkes, he looks at questions of sexual orientation, race, gender, and religion as they come together with social justice activism and the nature of citizenship. He creates a conceptual framing in order to fix religion and religious spaces for queer people. His idea is to open a space for possibilities that go past contemporary identity. He presents the politics of refuge as they are within a faith community in Toronto and his work is bold and challenging.

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