The third LGBT and Faith Discussion Group is this Wednesday (13 November) 7.30-9pm, will be chaired by Professor Hugh Pyper from the Department of Biblical Studies, and will focus on the Book of Ruth and ‘Boaz’s Boyfriends’
Below is a brief interview with the man himself, Professor Hugh Pyper:
How are did you get involved with the LGBT and Faith Discussion Group?
I got involved because of the Department of Biblical Studies’ Hidden Perspectives Project, but I have been writing on LGBT issues in one way or another for over thirty years.
What topics and themes will be discussed during the session you are chairing?
We’re going to look at the book of Ruth and explore the way in which our cultural assumptions about sexuality affect the way the text has been read and how a closer look at the text may lead us to question some of those assumptions.
What are you hoping people will take away with them after the session?
I hope people will come away realizing that even a familiar biblical story can be more surprising and more subversive than we realize and that reading it with this in mind can be fun!
The group is informal, friendly, fun, and offers a safe and respectful space for discussion.
Professor Hugh Pyper (Department of Biblical Studies)
The Multifaith Gathering Room (The Octagon)
Wednesday 13 November, 7.30-9pm