Dr. Pamela Lightsey

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Dr. Pamela Lightsey is a scholar, social justice activist, and military veteran, currently serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Constructive Theology at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Prior to that, she served as Associate Dean at Boston University School of Theology.

In 2005, Dr. Lightsey was ordained as an elder in full connection in the United Methodist Church becoming the first out African American queer lesbian clergy in the denomination. As an activist, Dr. Lightsey has worked within the LGBTQ community to end the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy and to ensure marriage equality. She was on the ground protesting against excessive police force during the first 21 days of unrest in Ferguson and has consistently collaborated with activist-colleagues in the movement for the liberation of Black lives, those addressing violence against Black transwomen, and institutional racism on college campuses.

Dr. Lightsey’s publications include “Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology”; “He Is Black and We are Queer” in Albert Cleage Jr and the Black Madonna and Child; and “Reconciliation” in Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom.

The Great Communion is an opportunity to gather at the table of God, where all are equal and share in creating space filled with compassion, empathy, and belonging. Dr. Lightsey embodies the vision in every sense.