Rev Irene Monroe

Rev Irene Monroe

At a Glance:

Rev Irene Monroe has been a Project Contributor since May 2007, has written 164 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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Black LGBTQ Generations Come Together for 'Selma'

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 22, 2015 | 1:30 PM | comments

The film "Selma" can connect activists from the 1960s Civil Rights era to today's Black Lives Matter movement.Read More

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Expansive Dream

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 14, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

If Dr. King were among us today, he would say that it is not enough just to look outside ourselves to see the places where society is broken.Read More

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That Day After Christmas: Racial Epithets in Cambridge

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 31, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Not even the ultra-liberal enclave of Cambridge, Massachusetts is as progressive and multicultural as it purports to be.Read More


Finding Home for the Holidays

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 29, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

If American Christians stayed more focused on the message and teachings of Jesus, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people would not have the annual angst of searching for home for the holidays.Read More

'Happy Holidays' - What's In a Greeting?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 17, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

The intolerance of holiday multiculturalism has little to do with a heightened interest in the birth of Christ. It's a backlash toward a country growing more religiously pluralistic. Read More