Rev Irene Monroe

Rev Irene Monroe


At a Glance:

Rev Irene Monroe has been a Project Contributor since May 2007, has written 155 entries and currently lives in Cambridge, MA.

Bio

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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Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 17, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

LGBT legend Audre Lorde used her indefatigable spirit to fight on many fronts -- and white feminist exclusion was just one of the battles.Read More


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Is ABC's 'Black-ish' Also Being Homophobic-ish?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 10, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The African American community doesn't have a monopoly on homophobia. We do, however, have a problem with how male sexual orientation and gender expression relates to the defining of black masculinity.Read More


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Climate Change: It's Happening in My Backyard

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 02, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Understanding the interconnections and interdependence needed for our healthy planet to survive - and the global and collective work needed to fix the damage humans have done - is an LGBTQ issue.Read More


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Black Children Are Beloved & Beaten

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 19, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The challenge to our community is break free from a shackle of our past - corporal punishment - to find a peaceful and more effective way to discipline our children. Read More


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Joan Rivers: A Gay Icon, Gone

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 14, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Joan Rivers's embrace of the gay community goes back decades. This loud, brash, irreverent, caustic comedian will be greatly missed by many.Read More