By Tony Hoshaw of Queer Messages
Diana Butler-Bass, while lecturing at McCormick Days 2008, offered a term I feel applies to certain trends in the Church: re-emerging. Among those realities re-emerging in our day is the “queer” nature of the Christian tradition.
The first step to recovery, so to speak, is admitting the reality. Those who oppose queer persons or practices that may be termed queer, that is, those persons or practices that do not embody or represent the ideology of absolute heterosexuality, have won. The anti-queer forces have succeeded in convincing many people that there is nothing queer about God or the Gospels, etc. Thus queer theology, persons, or practices may seem like they are emerging out of nothing; that is, queer realities may feel new, innovative.
The fact of the matter, however, is that queer persons or practices emerged sometime ago. Queer = old. Absolute heterosexuality, the notion that God requires heterosexuality of all people, is an absolutely new, admittedly innovative, oppressive strategy. Thankfully, the gracious God is still speaking; that is, the gracious God remains with the people of God. And it is the fecund God who is awakening many of us to an old – a terribly ancient – reality: Queer describes that way of being funded by Jesus Christ.
Posts should be short – that is a general blogging rule. So I will pause here. I will elaborate upon this brief sketch in future posts. Peace, readers.
According to Tony’s mother, he was born in a jar with one eye. It seems more likely, however, that Tony was born and raised near Homedale, ID. Tony has a BA in Religion (minor in Philosophy) from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Tony enjoys a good book, a gory movie, smart/attractive men, red wine, and running along the lake shore. Tony is interested in such topics or areas as theological anthropology, the identity of Jesus, being the Church today (ordination and organizational focus), Karl Barth’s theology, the Reformed Tradition, queer theory, queer theology, and queer politics. Tony is currently thinking the human being in terms of hospitality. Tony’s heroes include: St. Karl Barth, St. Robert Brawley, St. Judith Butler, St. Jacques Derrida, St. Michel Foucault, St. David Halperin….Tony is preparing for doctoral level study and is currently a flight attendant.