Megan DeFranza

Board Member

Megan DeFranza, PhD, is a Christian theologian, author, speaker, and facilitator of challenging conversations, especially around Christianity, sex, gender, and sexuality. She holds an MA Theology and MA Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD in Religious Studies from Marquette University. She serves as a Research Associate at the Center for Mind and Culture in Boston, MA, and as a Visiting Researcher at Boston University School of Theology. Dr. DeFranza is the author of "Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God," (Eerdmans, 2015) and has contributed to other articles and books including "Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church" (Zondervan, 2016).

She is producing a documentary, "Stories of Intersex and Faith", and multi-media curriculum for churches, "Sex and Gender Differences in Christian Perspectives", with Lianne Simon and Paul Van Ness. Dr. DeFranza serves as the President of Intersex and Faith, Inc., a non-profit working to support, advocate with, and educate others about intersex people to help faith communities welcome those born outside the male/female binary.

In all her endeavors she works to contribute thoughtful and humble reflections on the mysteries of God and human being in the hopes that, together, we can build a more just, reverent, and loving world.

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As a new board member I (like most of our community) was not a part of the process of choosing our new name. I knew we needed a new name, more inclusive of the diverse, precious members of our community but I didn't know what would work for all of us. Listening to descriptions of the prayerful deliberation and deep conversations which brought our leadership to this name, I have been humbled by the care of those who participated in this process and am honored to join a team dedicated to the mission of creating true Christian Fellowship, inclusive of all. I appreciate the multivalence of the Q. As a theologian and straight ally, I value the Questioning of old paradigms that has lead us to this new kind of fellowship, a fellowship that cues the already-coming but not-yet-fully-present kingdom of God's expansive love.