“St. Augustine of Hippo once described God’s beauty as ‘ever ancient, ever new.’ For me, the beauty of Christian theology lies in the ongoing synthesis of ancient scripture, creeds, and doctrines with exciting new disciplines such as queer theory and postcolonial thought. Episcopal Divinity School is an ideal community in which to live out this witness, both in terms of theory and praxis.”
The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng, Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, was appointed to the faculty of Episcopal Divinity School in 2010. He holds a Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Yale College. Professor Cheng’s research interests relate to the intersections of theology, critical theory, race, and sexuality.
Cheng is the author or editor of four books on queer theology, including Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit (2013), From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ (2012), and Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology (2011). He has authored over fifty book chapters, journal articles, and online essays. His works have been used by seminaries and congregations around the world.
Cheng is the chair of the Status of LGBTIQ Persons in the Profession Committee of the American Academy of Religion. He is also the founder and convener of the Boston Queer Theology Forum. Cheng delivered the 2013 Zerby Lecture at Bates College, the 2012 Castañeda Lecture at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and the 2011 Boswell Lecture at the Pacific School of Religion.
Professor Cheng is an ordained minister with the Metropolitan Community Churches, and he blogs for the Religion and Gay Voices sections of the Huffington Post. His website is patrickcheng.net.