Podcast Episode Nine: Queer and Christian with Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon

The ninth episode of the Symposium Ethics Podcast is the first in our special series #QueerAndChristian. The introductory essay that explains the rationale for this series can be found here. In this episode, Rev. Dr. Jermaine McDonald, managing editor of Symposium Ethics, chats with Dr. Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon, Assistant Professor of Religion at Birmingham-Southern College about his experience being both queer and Christian.

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Dr. Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon on LGBT Clubs as Sacred Spaces

The term sacred, and the history of how it has been used by theologians, particularly Rudolph Otto, is a very ambivalent term. It is something that denotes both wonder and joy, but also fear and danger. So I think gay clubs are definitely places where you get that multidimensional side of the sacred. You can go there and be accepted, yet there is also a very toxic aspect to those clubs where, not just sexuality, but sex and its commodification and the worship of beautiful bodies can be felt very, very keenly there.

Show Notes

  1. This podcast was recorded on July 20, 2016.
  2. The University of Michigan provides guidance for LGBT issues, including a glossary of words and terms commonly used to discuss these issues. Visit here to learn more.
  3. The intro music is entitled “Without You” and can be found at www.freestockmusic.com. Direct link here.
  4. The outro music is “Berlin After Hours” and can be found at www.freestockmusic.com. Direct link here.

About Jermaine M. McDonald

Dr. Jermaine M. McDonald is co-founder and editor of Symposium Ethics. He completed his PhD in Ethics and Society from Emory University in the Spring of 2015.

Jermaine M. McDonald

Dr. Jermaine M. McDonald is co-founder and editor of Symposium Ethics. He completed his PhD in Ethics and Society at Emory University in the Spring of 2015. Jermaine researches interesting convergences between race, religion, and politics with the aim of analyzing how various groups bring their religious ideas of the common good to bear in U.S. society.

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