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CDSP presents a forum with Dr. Susannah Cornwall, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester. Cornwall will speak on the topic "Considering Intersex and Identity in Church Life: Opportunities and Challenges for Congregations and Clergy."
Approximately one in 2,500 people is born with a physical intersex condition, in which the body does not fit the standard classifications of male or female. What does it mean theologically, ethically and pastorally to say that some people are neither male nor female, or are a “third” sex? What does this mean for how we understand ourselves as human beings, and our relationship to God? What do intersex Christians say about their experiences of church life? How can Christians, especially those preparing for involvement in church leadership, be compassionate and loving to people who have an unusual physical sex?
Dr. Susannah Cornwall is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester. Dr. Cornwall's current research encompasses the interactions between intersex conditions and faith identity, and the implications of intersex for church policy on sex and gender. She is the author of Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: Intersex Conditions and Christian Theology (Equinox Press, 2010) and Controversies in Queer Theology (SCM Press, 2011) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on gender, sexuality and embodiment. She is currently writing a textbook on theology and sexuality for SCM’s Core Texts series. Her blog can be found at susannahcornwall.blogspot.com.
Dr. Cornwall will be speaking in the Tucson Common Room at CDSP. This event is free and open to the public.
She also is speaking on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Pacific School of Religion, in a lecture sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry.