Visiting Speakers

Scott Jones (Ph.D. Oklahoma), Pastor of Cathedral of Hope

Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, 4:00 p.m., 607 Dale Hall Tower. Everyone is welcome!

Personal Identity: A Real World Problem, Not Just an Academic Issue

Counseling a female-to-male seminarian from small town Oklahoma who wants to maintain relationships with their home and conservative Southern Baptist family while entering into the trans world and leather community of San Francisco makes you very aware that personal identity is not just an academic issue.  I will explore how personal identity is a real world issue in the context of my current career in Oklahoma as an openly gay United Church of Christ pastor, where questions such as “Am I gay?,” “What is a Christian?,” “What is an Oklahoman?,” must be grappled with daily.  These identity questions generate ethical and political concerns, including what virtues to embodying if one exists in apparently conflicting identity categories.  Also addressed will be concerns of how identity politics can complement and yet conflict with effective community building. 

Scott Jones is the alumnus speaker for the Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week.