Sacred Queer Stories

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Sacred Queer Stories: Ugandan LGBTQ+ Refugee Lives & the Bible (2021)

Format: Hardback

ISBN-13: 9781847012838

Amazon UK: Sacred Queer Stories

Language: English

Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming

Genre(s): Academic writing and Studies in Religion

Topic(s): African Christianity, Healing/growing into wholeness, Liberation Theology, and Studies in Religion

Especially suitable for: Academics

Presenting the deeply moving personal life stories of Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugees in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside an analysis of the process in which they creatively engaged with two Bible stories – ‘Daniel in the Lions’ Den’ and ‘Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery’ – Sacred Queer Stories explores how readings of biblical stories can reveal their experiences of struggle, their hopes for the future, and their faith in God and humanity. Arguing that the telling of life-stories of marginalised people, such as of Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugees, affirms embodied existence and agency, is socially and politically empowering, and enables human solidarity, the authors also show how the Bible as an authoritative religious text and popular cultural archive in Africa is often used against LGBTQ+ people but can also be reclaimed as a site of meaning, healing, and empowerment.

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The result of a collaborative project between UK-based academics and a Nairobi-based organisation of Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugees, Sacred Queer Stories provides a valuable insight into the narrative politics and theologies of LGBTQ+ life-storytelling. A key text for those in African Humanities, Queer Studies, Religious Studies, and Refugee Studies, among others, the book expresses an innovative methodology of inter-reading queer life-stories and biblical stories.

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