LGBT History Month: Faith and Sexual Orientation

Posted by rmt22 at Feb 09, 2016 10:09 AM |
We are celebrating LGBT History Month with a free lecture by Oxford academic Dianna Anderson.
LGBT History Month: Faith and Sexual Orientation

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On Monday 15 February, from 12 noon to 1.30pm, The Attenborough Arts Centre is hosting a presentation by respected Oxford academic Dianna Anderson. Diana has a specific interest in religion and sexuality, and has just released her first book, Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity.

The book examines the Christian purity movement from the basis of historical and biblical analysis and offers an alternative, shame-free ethic of healthy sexual behaviour and sexuality.

Professor Mark Peel, Provost will be giving an introduction to her talk, and said: “While I have always and openly identified as a gay man, there has been a remarkable transformation during the last decade (and even the last several years) in the willingness of others to recognise not just the undeniable fact of diversity but the value of diversity in thinking about what we do.

“My values and approaches as an academic leader reflect my different experience and my different perspective. Where that was once a bit of a problem – because I might not be ‘right’ for a role – it is now understood as more of an advantage.”

A networking lunch will be provided. Please rsvp for catering purposes and let us know of any dietary requirements by calling 0116 252 3334 or emailing

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