Field Notes From a Rabbi at a Catholic University: Queering Religion
USF’s Queering Religion, now in its 8th iteration has become a popular course and satisfies a Theology and Religious Studies core requirement. Offered through the Swig program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, the course examines religion from queer perspectives, exploring ways in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people have created religious spaces for themselves in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Challenging traditional religious and cultural gender roles and hetero-normative assumptions, course readings include historical, autobiographical, sociological, anthropological, and theological discussions of religion and spirituality in the lives of LGBTQ people. Fromm students will consider how religions have and might yet become inclusive places for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Camille Shira Angel
Camille Shira Angel, University of San Francisco’s first Rabbi-in-Residence, is an adjunct professor in the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, and a full-time member of the USF Campus Ministry. Ordained in 1995, Rabbi Angel will receive her honorary doctorate this spring celebrating the 25th anniversary of her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Angel is the 9th generation in her family to become a rabbi, second generation Reform. She is a superb storyteller, teacher and pastoral caregiver. Author of numerous articles including "Crafting a Liturgical Mirror," included in the compelling anthology on sexual ethics, The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality, CCAR Press, and "Ruach Acheret-Ruach Hakodesh: Different Spirit-Sacred Spirit" in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible. From 2000-2015, Angel was the spiritual leader of the San Francisco LGBT and Queer flagship Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, where she edited and contributed to a radically inclusive prayer book, Siddur Sha'ar Zahav.