Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew’s talk and discussion will address the often-difficult topic of Christianity and queer identities. A committed Christian herself, she will begin with telling her own faith story and how her understanding of Christianity has become more inclusive and diverse. Elizabeth will then address common questions that many people have about LGBTQ+ identities and Christianity.
Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is a writing instructor and spiritual director living in Minneapolis, MN. She is a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board artists’ fellowship, the Loft Career Initiative Grant, and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Her books include Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir, Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir, On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness, and Hannah, Delivered: A Novel. Elizabeth’s work is anthologized in Views from the Loft, Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers and My Red Couch and Other Stories on Seeking a Feminist Faith. She has published essays and short memoirs in The Christian Century, Fourth Genre, Many Mountains Moving, The Florida Review, and other literary and religious journals. Elizabeth teaches memoir, essay and journal writing at the Loft Literary Center, United Theological Seminary, and Hamline University.
Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew’s Website: http://www.elizabethjarrettandrew.com/
The Bob and Sue Andrews LGBTQ+ Lecture & Discussion Series
Sue Andrews, a former professor of Psychology at UW-Waukesha, has endowed this lecture series on LGBTQ+ issues at UW-Waukesha to honor the life of her brother, Bob Andrews, and support the campus’s mission of fostering critical thinking and inquiry, specifically around issues of gender and sexuality.
Six months after the Stonewall riots, Bob Andrews, along with his friend, Lionel Cuffie, and 49 other Rutgers University students founded the Rutgers Student Homophile League. This was the first post-Stonewall queer student organization in the country. Throughout his student and working career, Bob was an out and proud gay man. While vacationing in Hawaii in 1999, Bob drowned while swimming with dolphins. The Tides Foundation Robert H. Andrews Memorial Fund is used to honor the fact that being queer, out, and politically active continues to require courage.