On October 20, 2021, in honor of the decades of courageous leadership of Archbishop Carl Bean (represented by Bishop Zachary Jones), LGBTQ-RAN hosted an intergenerational conversation between Bishop Jones and the Rev. Paul Anthony Daniels. Their dialogue remembered the journey, struggles and progress we've made in queer religious history, as well as looked at the road ahead.
Archbishop Carl Bean is the presiding prelate of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement that proclaims “God is Love and Love is for Everyone.” The UFCM is rooted in liberation theology that “frees the oppressed” and recognizes that “God is greater than any religion, denomination or school of thought.” Bean also was founder and long-time leader of the ground-breaking Minority AIDS Project. Bean died on September 7, 2021, after an extended illness. Bishop Zachary Jones will represent the Archbishop as he is honored posthumously.
Read a full biography of Carl Bean on his profile page.
The Rev. Paul Anthony Daniels is a third-year Ph.D. student in Systematic Theology at Fordham University in The Bronx, NY, and assisting clergy at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. His research lives at the intersection of Christian Mysticism and Black Studies.
Zachary Jones is the Administrator and Senior Bishop of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement. He pastors the Unity Fellowship Church New York City. Bishop Jones is the founder of Breaking Ground, a lesbian, gay, and transgender, not-for-profit, youth educational organization. He is an activist for lesbian, gay, and transgender issues, such as violence, homophobia, and HIV/AIDS.
Read a full biography of Zachary Jones on his profile page.
This event is part of our Queering Our Roots campaign this fall, celebrating LGBTQ-RAN's 20th anniversary. This campaign will honor five elders of LGBTQ+ religious movements in the U.S. as well as highlight the rich history that LGBTQ-RAN has gathered over these years.
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