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The College of St. Scholastica Hosts Same-Sex Marriage Advocate

The College of St. Scholastica's Office of Institutional Diversity and Monastery Feminist Theologies Committee is hosting same-sex marriage advocate, professor, and United Methodist minister Traci West for a 7:30 p.m., April 18 lecture in the Duluth, Minn. school's Mitchell Auditorium.

The lecture is titled "Why Call it Black Activism? Anti-racist Christian Ethics and Global Violence Against Women."

Rev. Dr. Traci C. West is Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School (Madison, NJ). West is a leading advocate of so-called same-sex "marriage." She served as editor for the three-volume Defending Same-Sex Marriage (2006), which according to a Reference & Research Book News' review advocates that "individuals, the state, and society as a whole would benefit were marriage laws ... made more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people."

West is also author of Holy Conversations: Talking about Homosexuality, a Congregational Resource (2005), Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter (2006), and Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics (1999).

In her 2006 review of the book Gay Religion, written for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, West describes the work as an "exciting collection...of articles...of gay, lesbian, and transgendered (and to a lesser extent bisexual) individuals celebrating, maintaining, and seeking a sense of welcome and affirmation through a wide range of religious expressions. The volume offers a nicely complex depiction of how religion is a thoroughly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered cultural phenomenon in the United States."

West has also been a speaker and contributor to the Human Rights Campaign, an organization advocating for homosexual rights, including marriage. 

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