Teaching about Gender and Sexuality in the Bible: Reflections from a Seminary Classroom for Congregations

In August, I had the opportunity to present at a gathering of United Methodist Scholars who support LGBTQIA+ inclusion in Dallas, Texas. I joined thirty-three other presenters from around the United Methodist connection from a variety of fields, including theology, biblical studies, ethics, homiletics, history, Methodist studies, and others, for a teach-in about LGBTQIA+ inclusion. All of the presentations were recorded and are archived and available for teaching in local congregations or other settings.

My presentation, titled “Teaching about Gender and Sexuality in the Bible: Reflections from a Seminary Classroom for Congregations,” offers lesson plans, bibliography, and pedagogical reflections for classrooms and congregations focusing on how to teach about gender and sexuality in the Bible.


I learned a lot from the presentations of my colleagues in the academy and ministry, and we will continue to build educational resources in the weeks and months to come.

Rev. Dr. Jennifer A. Quigley is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies and Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow at Drew Theological School. Her research interests lie at the intersections of economy and theology in New Testament and early Christian texts, and her work regularly incorporates material culture evidence. A scholar and teacher deeply committed to feminist pedagogy, her most recent publication is a co-authored chapter with Dr. Laura Nasrallah on feminist pedagogy in MOOCs. She is an ordained elder in West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, with nine years of experience in college chaplaincy at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel.