2017 Castañeda Lecture

Posted: April 07th, 2017

The Annual Castañeda Lecture

Thursday, May 4, 2017
5:15 PM Reception
6:30 PM Lecture
The event is free, but you must have a ticket. Get them HERE.

Chicago Theological Seminary welcomes Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson as the 2017 Gilberto Castañeda speaker on Thursday, May 4, 2017. His lecture topic will be “Queering Jewish Theology.” Professor Michaelson is a non-denominational rabbi and a teacher of meditation in a Theravadan Buddhist lineage, and, in his other career, the legal affairs columnist for The Daily Beast, a frequent commentator on NPR, and a longtime LGBT activist. Michaelson founded two LGBT Jewish nonprofits and two international LGBT initiatives, and was the author of the 2011 bestseller and Lambda Literary Award finalist, God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality. A widely-read commentator on contemporary Judaism, Michaelson was recently included on the Forward 50 list of influential American Jews. Rabbi Dr. Michaelson has held teaching positions at Chicago Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, Yale University, and Boston University Law School. His research interests include LGBT issues in religion, queer theology, Kabbalah, Western Esotericism, law and religion, and contemporary American spirituality.

The Gilberto Castañeda Award was established in 1994 in loving memory of Gilberto Castañeda, the son of Dr. Theodore Jennings and Rev. Dr. Ronna Case. Gilberto first met Case in California, where she was worked to develop mission congregations among undocumented workers from Mexico. Gilberto “found the love of God so compelling that he not only became a member but also a leader in the new congregations of young people” that were being established by Rev. Case. In 1994, at the age of 29, he died of complications from AIDS.

Tickets are free but you will need to RSVP. To register, visit: donate.ctschicago.edu/Castaneda2017 
Can't make it? Join us via Livestream on Youtube at CTSchicagoHD/live

To read more about past Castañeda lectures and winners, please CLICK HERE

Major support for the Castañeda Lecture is provided by Rev. Dr. Ronna Case (DMin 1977) and Dr. Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. This event is being presented in partnership with Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

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