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An Intergenerational Conversation with Janie Spahr and Annanda Barclay

On Wednesday October 6, 2021, in honor of decades of the Rev. Dr. Janie Spahr's courageous leadership, LGBTQ-RAN hosted an intergenerational conversation between Rev. Spahr and the Rev. Annanda Barclay.  The dialogue remembered the journey, struggles and progress we've made in queer religious history, and looked at the road ahead.

The Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr, "Janie" as she prefers to be called, describes herself as a lesbian, feminist, Presbyterian minister committed to justice issues for the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, pursuing connections for wholeness with other oppressed communities claiming their freedom.   Her struggles to serve as an ordained pastor in the early 1990s led to the founding of That All May Freely Serve.

Read a full biography of Janie Spahr on her profile page.

The Rev. Annanda Barclay (she/her) is a queer ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She  is an Edwards Fellow with Auburn Seminary and a chaplain fellow specializing in moral distress and injury working with STEM students at Stanford University through the generosity of the Office of Religious Life and Stanford Health Care Spiritual Care.  Annanda is also a pastor of Mission Bay Community Church, a small congregation in the Excelsior Community of San Francisco.

This event is part of our Queering Our Roots campaign, celebrating LGBTQ-RAN's 20th anniversary. This campaign honors five elders of LGBTQ+ religious movements in the U.S. as well as highlights the rich history that LGBTQ-RAN has gathered over these years.

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Spahr, Jane Adams | More Light Presbyterians (formerly Presbyterians for LGBT Concerns) | Presbyterian Church (USA) | That All May Freely Serve (TAMFS) | Clergy Activist | EXHIBIT Rolling the Stone Away