Patrick S. Cheng, Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Episcopal Divinity School, delivered the fourth annual Boswell Lecture on Thursday evening, April 28, 2011, titled, "The Rainbow Connection: Bridging Asian American and Queer Theologies."
The Rainbow Connection: Bridging Asian American and Queer Theologies -- will help to mark and celebrate an emerging queer religious scholarship among Asian Pacific Islander communities.
As Dr. Cheng describes it: "Rainbows have long served as bridges between different worlds: heaven and earth; east and west; queer and non-queer. In this lecture, I will suggest that the emergence of LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander theological voices in recent years has created a hybrid space – or bridge – between Asian American and queer theologies. It is in this 'rainbow space' that previously-silenced connections between sexualities, gender identities, and races can emerge, and thus challenge and transform the dominant theological discourse."