Marcella Althaus-Reid portrait in Rainy Hall, photo by Alexander Chow

A new portrait of queer Latina theologian Marcella Althaus-Reid was put on display recently at New College School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The painting is now mounted in the Rainy Hall, a communal dining room that is the social hub for students and faculty of the divinity school. The elegant Gothic revival room features various portraits, fancy chandeliers, ornate gilding, and wood paneling adorned with coats of arms.

Portrait of Marcella Althaus-Reid by David Martin
Scottish artist David Martin painted the portrait of Althaus-Reid beside a chalkboard and wall with words and images representing her life and theology.

Key concepts from her theology are handwritten in chalk on the blackboard: otherness, difference, decency, indecency, freedom, undressing and sexual ethics. The images on the wall behind her include the virgin of Guadalupe, a portrait of socialist philosopher Karl Marx, an antique map of South America, a snapshot of a couple dancing the Argentine ballroom dance known as the tango, and a poster for an Argentine rock band.

Her first book, “Indecent Theology,” was published in 2000 and established her international reputation as a self-proclaimed “indecent, Latina, bisexual theologian.” The book challenges the sexual oppression behind traditional Christian concepts of decency and introduces theology rooted in the context of people whose sexual freedom has been limited. In 2003 she wrote “The Queer God.” The book aims to liberate God from the closet of sex-negative Christian thought and embraces God’s role in the lives of LGBTQ people.

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Marcella Althaus-Reid: Queer theology pioneer
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Marcella Althaus-Reid portrait in Rainy Hall, photo by Alexander Chow

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Kittredge Cherry is a lesbian Christian author who writes regularly about LGBTQ spirituality. She holds degrees in religion, journalism and art history.She was ordained by Metropolitan Community Churches and served as its national ecumenical officer, advocating for LGBTQ rights at the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches.
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