Rev Irene Monroe

Rev Irene Monroe

At a Glance:

Rev Irene Monroe has been a Project Contributor since May 2007, has written 169 entries and currently lives in Cambridge, MA.


The Reverend Monroe is an ordained minister, religion columnist, public theologian, and motivational speaker. As an African-American feminist theologian, she speaks for a sector of society that is frequently invisible.

One of Rev. Irene Monroe's outreach ministries to the public is the several queer religion columns she writes. Monroe writes “The Religion Thang,” for In Newsweekly, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender newspaper in the New England , “Faith Matters” for The Advocate magazine, and “Queer Take,” for The Witness, a progressive Episcopalian journal. As a nationally renown African-American lesbian activist, scholar and public theologian her writings have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Bay State Banner, Cambridge Chronicle, and Metro News. Her award-winning essay, “Louis Farrakhan's Ministry of Misogyny and Homophobia”, was greeted with critical acclaim.

Monroe states that her "columns are an interdisciplinary approach drawing on critical race theory, African-American, queer and religious studies. As an religion columnist I try to inform the public of the role religion plays in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Because homophobia is both a hatred of the "other" and it's usually acted upon 'in the name of religion,” by reporting religion in the news I aim to highlight how religious intolerance and fundamentalism not only shatters the goal of American democracy, but also aids in perpetuating other forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, classism and anti-Semitism.”

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Monroe graduated from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and served as a pastor at an African-American church in New Jersey before coming to Harvard Divinity School to do her doctorate.

Rev Irene Monroe: Recently Filed

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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 22, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Varied expressions of love are not always safe or accepted. Queries always accompany love expressed outside of familial, racial, cultural and religious norms. Read More

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New Film Takes Honest Look at the Women's Movement

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 06, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

March is Women's History Month, and Mary Dore's documentary, "She's Beautiful When She's Angry," helps us celebrate, remember, and cheer one of our most vilified sheroes of the last century: the women's movement. Read More

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Pope Francis Has Transparent Views on Trans People

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 26, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

It is not enough for Pope Francis to say he embraces the LGBTQ community. He must also do it.Read More

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Remembering the Lovings This Valentine's Day

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 13, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

May the spirit of Mildred Loving and the just acts of St. Valentine be with us this Valentine's Day.Read More

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A Road Map Beyond Black History Month

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 04, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

For decades now, Black History Month has not broached the topic of the socio-political construction of white privilege. Americans' aversion to a conversation about race not only harms people of color, but it also harms whites as well.Read More