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Dr. J. Michael Clark

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Emory University
Human Resources 1599 Clifton Road 3rd floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
United States

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"Something in our gay/lesbian being as ...
cwipp.infomedia.net, 18 July 2011 [cached]
"Something in our gay/lesbian being as an all-encompassing existential standpoint," says J. Michael Clark, professor at Emory University and Georgian State University, and a gay spokesman, "…appears to heighten our spiritual capacities. Clark claims gays share the same sentiments as radical feminist theologians whose "religious impulses are being killed by [traditional] Judeo-Christianity…" Clark seems to be saying that the problem lies not with "mean-spirited" or "hateful" Christians, failing to be true, loving Christians.
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Specifically, for Clark, the berdache, an androgynous American Indian shaman, born as a male but as an adult, choosing to live as a female, constitutes a desirable gay spiritual model, for the berdache achieves "the reunion of the cosmic, sexual and moral polarities," or the "joining of the opposites.
"Something in our gay/lesbian being as ...
americansfortruth.com [cached]
"Something in our gay/lesbian being as an all-encompassing existential standpoint," says J. Michael Clark, professor at Emory University and Georgian State University, and a gay spokesman, "…appears to heighten our spiritual capacities."Clark claims gays share the same sentiments as radical feminist theologians whose "religious impulses are being killed by [traditional] Judeo-Christianity…" Clark seems to be saying that the problem lies not with "mean-spirited" or "hateful" Christians, failing to be true, loving Christians.For gays the problem lies rather with the whole biblical worldview and theological paradigm.For this reason, Clark turns to Native American animism for an acceptable spiritual model.
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Specifically, for Clark, the berdache, an androgynous American Indian shaman, born as a male but as an adult, choosing to live as a female, constitutes a desirable gay spiritual model, for the berdache achieves "the reunion of the cosmic, sexual and moral polarities," or the "joining of the opposites."
Defying the Darkness
www.pilgrimpress.com, 16 April 2000 [cached]
J. Michael Clark
"Clark's work is original in that he has inserted himself precisely as a gay scholar in the midst of an ongoing conversation far larger than that of the gay world-including ecofeminism, Judaism, and Native American spirituality-and shows especially how queer theory and ecofeminism can illuminate each other."
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Clark begins by "naming the demons," primary among them homophobia, that threaten to undermine authentic existence.Using a canon that encompasses feminist, profeminist, and gay-affirmative writings, he sees theological authority as residing not only in Scripture but also in the lived experience of the community of faith-including those, such as gay men and lesbians, who have been marginalized.
Sharing his own experiences with suffering and death, the author shows that to live fully one must "acknowledge and yet defy tragedy."Thus he shows how one travels from theodicy to ethics-from facing the darkness to moving through it.He also demonstrates, thereby breaking important new ground in the field, how feminist theology and queer theory can illumine and enrich each other.
Finally, Clark emphasizes the need for hopefulness, expressing his own personal hope-that gay men and lesbians will eventually come to live celebratory, embodied lives that reclaim their full spiritual potential.
J. MICHAEL CLARK is a theologian who teaches writing at Emory University and Georgia State University.He is the author of Beyond Our Ghettos: Gay Theology in Ecological Perspective (Piigrim Press, 1993).
Civil Unions
www.queertheory.org, 25 Feb 2006 [cached]
Doing the Work of Love : Men & Commitment in Same-Sex Couples by J. Michael Clark
This book explores intimate, coupled, committed relationships among gay men.
"I found this a liberating book. Michael Clark personally knows what it is to take back from heterosexist control the power to define his own identity. He knows and shows how lesbians and other minorities have an important stake in liberating the gay ghetto. -- James B. Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, author of The Intimate Connection: Male Sexuality, Masculine Spirituality and Body Theology
"In Doing the Work of Love, J. Michael Clark is writing in an area that clearly needs a great deal of work. His critique ... contribute[s] significantly to the literature that is stretching toward new ways of creating more just and satisfying intimate relationships outside of sexist and heterosexist consciousness. -- Stephen B. Boyd, J. Allen Easley Professor of Religion, Wake Forest University, author of The Men We Long to Be
About the Author J. Michael Clark is a Ph.D. theologian who teaches religious studies at Agnes Scott College and Georgia State University and who is an outspoken apologist for gay theology.
CBMW » Androgyny
www.cbmw.org, 11 Dec 1999 [cached]
"Something in our gay/lesbian being as an all-encompassing existential standpoint," says J. Michael Clark, professor at Emory University and Georgia State University, and a gay spokesman, ". . . appears to heighten our spiritual capacities. 133 Clark claims gays share the same sentiments as radical feminist theologians whose "religious impulses are being killed by [traditional] Judeo-Christianity . . ."134 Clark seems to be saying that the problem lies not with "mean-spirited" or "hateful" Christians, failing to be true, loving Christians. For gays, the problem lies rather with the whole Biblical worldview and theological paradigm. For this reason, Clark turns to Native American animism for an acceptable spiritual model.
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Specifically, for Clark, the berdache, an androgynous American Indian shaman, born as a male, but as an adult choosing to live as a female, constitutes a desirable gay spiritual model, for the berdache achieves "the reunion of the cosmic, sexual and moral polarities,"135 or the "joining of the opposites.
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1 J. Michael Clark, "Gay Spirituality," in Spirituality and the Secular Quest (ed. Peter H. Van Ness; New York: Crossroads/Herder, 1996) 335.
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