IRENE MONROE: While the current UMC will allow LGBTQ marriages and clergy, the impending split will create a new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination, allowing outright discrimination and denunciation of LGBTQ people in the name of God.
Rev. Irene Monroe: How does society democratize voices in the public sphere to create a level playing field, where no voice is drowned out by louder ones due to social capital, political influence, money or bullying.
Irene Monroe: We are a country that doesn’t want to confront race. Halloween, an activity that’s masked with tricks and treats and playful mischief, ironically unmasks the face of America’s troubled history with race.
Rev. Irene Monroe: In the face of continued racial violence done to us, I now must question if our church teachings of forgiveness of the last centuries are serving us well in this new century, particularly with the resurgence of white nationalism.
Rev. Irene Monroe: One of the lingering impacts of 250 years of slavery followed by 90 years of Jim Crow and then 60 years of “separate but equal” is a seismic wealth gap between white and black Americans.
Irene Monroe: The treatment of “otherness” I experienced from my years of being bussed, I learned had less to do with the people targeted, like myself, and everything to do with the group in power.
Rev. Irene Monroe: “The Stonewall turbulence started on the backs of working-class African American and Latinx queers who patronized the bar. Those brown and black LGBTQ people are not only absent from the photos of that night, but they have been bleached from its written history.”
Rev. Irene Monroe: For this 50th anniversary of Stonewall I hope images of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be on display.
Irene Monroe: Colorism is a topic that cannot be explored enough since bleaching creams are still being sold in drugstores across the country and natural hair in many circles—professional and social—are still frowned upon.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Morehouse, however, has come a long way on GBTQ issues, because the college has had its share of GBTQ-phobic incidents.
Irene Monroe: When news broke that three historically African American Baptist churches have burned within ten days in rural Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish, sadly, the horror was all too familiar.
Irene Mornoe: The UMC continues to be contradictory in its policies concerning LGBTQ worshippers, and the church’s contentious views reared their ugly head at the 2016 meeting of global delegates.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Because of the GOP’s continued aversion to diversity — people of color, LGBTs, immigrants, and Muslims, to name a few — the tribe has become an aging White nostalgic throwback of Jim Crow days.