Carolyn Bratnober is the Public Services Librarian at the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She completed a Masters degree in Library & Information Science at the Pratt Institute, then a Master of Arts at Union Theological Seminary. Her library and archival work is informed by her research in gender and sexuality studies, (dis)ability studies, ethics and religious studies, along with digital-media and information-literacy studies. She coordinates research and access services for the Burke Library and across the Columbia University Libraries, and creates exhibits, user-engagement projects, and instruction-design initiatives. She has written for Religion Dispatches and recently collaborated on an Open Educational Resource (OER) with librarians at the State University of New York-Geneseo, an open online introductory textbook to LGBTQ Studies.
Gregg Drinkwater is a doctoral candidate in U.S. history and Jewish studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research focuses on sexuality, gender, and Judaism in the modern United States, specifically the role of gay and lesbian synagogues in transforming the American Jewish community in the 1970s and 1980s. Prior to his enrollment at the University of Colorado, Drinkwater worked for 10 years for two national Jewish organizations, first Jewish Mosaic and then Keshet, doing research, writing, training, and consulting in support of LGBTQ inclusion and social justice in the Jewish community in the United States and globally. He is the co-editor of the book Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible (NYU Press, 2009). He received his BS and MA degrees at the University of California, Berkeley.
Rabbi Lisa Edwards, now in her 25th year as Rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), House of New Life, the world’s first synagogue founded by queer Jews in 1972, continues to be a Jewish lesbian activist rabbi from the pulpit, on the page and on the Web, in the classroom, and in the streets. Having decided this is long enough, Rabbi Edwards plans to retire at the end of July 2019. Recent publications by Rabbi Edwards include an essay in the Rosh Hashanah volume of the Reform Movement’s new prayerbook for the High Holy Days, Mishkan Hanefesh, and a chapter on Reform Jewish life cycle ritual entitled, “Tradition! Transition!” in A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path (both published by CCAR Press). Rabbi Edwards and her wife, activist, archivist, and BCC’s “Lezbtzn” Tracy Moore, have been together since 1985, marrying in a Jewish ceremony in 1995 and a legal California civil ceremony in 2008.
Ahmad Greene-Hayes is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion at Princeton University in the Religion in the Americas subfield, and an interdisciplinary scholar pursuing graduate certificates in the Department of African American Studies and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include 19th and 20th century Africana and African American religious histories, Black South Studies, and Black Queer Studies. His dissertation is a religious history of Black transnationalism, African American religions, and migrations between the Circum-Caribbean and New Orleans from 1915-1954. A current Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, he is the past recipient of fellowships and awards from the Mellon Mays Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) at Columbia University, and the Political Theology Network. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he held the LGBT Studies Research Fellowship at Yale University, and during the 2017-2019 academic year, he held the Religion and Public Life Fellowship from the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton.
Dr. Timothy W. Jones is a historian of gender, sexuality and religion in modern Australia and the United Kingdom. Tim is Senior Lecturer in History at La Trobe University in Melbourne and is Vice President of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2007 and was Lecturer in History at the University of South Wales from 2008-2012. Tim’s first book is Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957 (Oxford, 2013). He is also co-editor of Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970 (Palgrave, 2015), Material Religion in Modern Britain: The Spirit of Things (Palgrave, 2015), and Interdisciplinary Feminist Perspectives on Crimes of Clerical Child Sexual Abuse (Routledge, 2018), and was lead author of the report Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Responding to LGBT Conversion Therapy in Australia (2018). Tim is currently continuing research into LGBT conversion practices in Australia, working on a biography of Anglican historian and theologian of sexuality, D.S. Bailey, and writing up a monograph of the rise of the New Christian Right in Australia since the sexual revolution.
Drew Konow is an independent scholar of American religious history whose work focuses on histories of religion, sexuality, social activism, and popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. His first major project centered on the protests of gay and lesbian Catholics in New York City during the AIDS epidemic. He is currently working on a project examining Dolly Parton’s career as a document for the study of American religion. He graduated with a Master’s of Religion from Yale Divinity School in 2014 and has an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Southern Methodist University. In addition to his independent scholarship, Drew works as the Director of Communications and LGBTQ Programs at the Religious Institute. There, he manages the organization’s LGBTQ programming work and supervises all strategic communications, media relations, and content development. His work at the Religious Institute also includes development-related projects, including both constituent- and grant-based fundraising. He has presented his scholarly and professional work at conferences and in faith communities across the country. In the future, Drew hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Religious Studies.
Nancy Krody has been an activist with the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns for over 50 years and was the first co-coordinator with Bill Johnson. Through this time she has also been a leader in the UCC at the national, Conference and Association levels (past Moderator and currently registrar and treasurer of the Philadelphia Association). She is also a long-time elder and clerk of her local church, which is both UCC and Presbyterian. She has been involved in the ecumenical LGBTQ movement with WOW Conferences, the Rolling the Stone Away gathering and LGBTQ-RAN. She has also been active in many LGBTQ groups in the Philadelphia area. Professionally Nancy recently retired as the managing editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies at Temple University where she served since 1973. She brings editorial skills, some sense of history going way back, and a commitment to working with all genders despite being a "fesbian leminist" at heart.
Dr. Monique Moultrie is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University where her scholarly pursuits include projects in sexual ethics, African American religions, and gender and sexuality studies. She earned a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, a M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from Duke University. Her research has been supported by a Harvard Divinity School Women’s Studies in Religion Program Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, an American Academy of Religion Individual Research Grant, several Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning grants, and a GSU Dean’s Early Career Award. She is a former Chair of the Women in the Profession Committee for AAR and former co-chair of the Religion and Sexuality group of AAR. She has published Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2017) and A Guide for Women in Religion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Her forthcoming book is a study of black lesbian religious leadership and faith activism.
Andrew C. Patty earned a B.A. degree in History from Sewanee, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School with Certificate in Gender and Sexuality in Theology and Ministry and is currently in the process of getting a Ph.D. in Educational History at The University of Kansas. His historical research focuses on sexuality and masculinity in religiously affiliated colleges and universities (particularly around gay/queer student movement groups). He is also currently "Pending Call" ordination status in the United Church of Christ, hopefully soon to be a minister in Kansas or Missouri. As a gay man, he has also been actively involved fighting for gay rights in organizations such as the Moral Monday Movement and HRC. Therefore, he sees himself very representative of the three types of persons involved with LGBT-RAN: Activists, Religious Leaders, and Scholars.
Dr. Sahar Shafqat (she/they) is professor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she focuses on social and political movements, ethnic conflict and nationalism, and gender and sexuality studies. Sahar received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Sahar is the co-founder of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity, a national organization dedicated to empowering LGBTQ Muslims by fighting both homophobia/transphobia and Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism. She is also the co-founder of the D.C. Justice for Muslims Coalition which works on combating Islamophobia in the D.C. region. Sahar has previously served on the board of the Washington Peace Center, a D.C.-area progressive community organization, and on the board of KhushDC, a D.C.-area community organization for LGBTQ South Asians. She has also been active in antiwar and living wage struggles. Sahar is passionate about ending war, dismantling the patriarchy, and destroying capitalism.
Dr. Heather White is a specialist in American religious history with a research focus on sexuality, gender, and twentieth century social movements. Heather teaches courses in gender, feminist and queer studies; queer theory and queer politics; sexuality and the history of religion; and the history and politics of religious freedom. She earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2007. She is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Puget Sound. Heather's first book, Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015. It was featured in Huffington Post, Religion and Politics, the L.A. Review of Books, and Religion Dispatches, and listed in the top ten “best LGBT nonfiction of 2015” by the Bay Area Reporter. Heather also co-edited an anthology (with Gillian Frank and Bethany Moreton), titled Devotions and Desires: Histories of Religion and Sexuality in the Twentieth Century United States. Heather is a steering committee member of the Queer Studies in Religion group of the American Academy of Religion.
Dr. Thelathia "Nikki" Young is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Religion at Bucknell University. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University, M.Div. and Th.M. from Candler School of Theology, and B.A. from UNC-Asheville. Her research focuses on the intersection of ethics, family, race, gender, and sexuality, and she is specifically interested in the impact of queerness on moral reasoning. Nikki serves on the Board of Directors in the Society for Christian Ethics. She is also a co-chair of the Queer Studies in Religion Group in the American Academy of Religion, and chair of the LGBTIQ Persons in the Profession Task Force in AAR. Her first monograph, Black Queer Ethics, Family, and Philosophical Imagination, was published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. Nikki recently finished a collaborative book with Eric Barreto and Jake Myers called In Tongues of Mortals and Angels: A De-Constructive Theology of God-Talk in Acts and Paul.