Rev Irene Monroe

Rev Irene Monroe


At a Glance:

Rev Irene Monroe has been a Project Contributor since May 2007, has written 148 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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The Stigma of Black Suicide is Killing Us

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

There are at least five factors contributing to suicide in African American communities. And for the most part, they go unaddressed.Read More


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Celibacy Is the New 'Ex-Gay' Ministry

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 07, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The theological message that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination to God remains intact -- it's just packaged differently.Read More


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African-American Sisters Aging with HIV

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 02, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

African-American women's struggle with HIV - from the black community's stigmatization to the dominant culture's condemnation of them - has both unduly burdened their daily lives and compromised their quality of care.Read More


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LGBTQ Communities Divided on Israel-Palestine Conflict

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Like the rest of the country, Boston's LGBTQ communities are deeply divided on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Read More


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It's Not 'Independence Day' for Women

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 03, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

As the "rockets red glare and bombs burst in air" this July Fourth, American women still do not have the right to decide what to do with their bodies - a core American value inextricably linked to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.Read More