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In this Lavender Lunch, Benjamin Brenkert reflects on the future church for LGBTQ+ People and their allies. As a former Jesuit, he proposes the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola as a means for people of faith to discern membership in churches that thwart their personal and group flourishing.
Benjamin Brenkert was born in Valley Stream, Long Island (NY). For nearly 10 years he was a Jesuit Seminarian in good standing but left the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) once the Roman Catholic Church fired LGBTQ employee and volunteers from their jobs and assignments. Brenkert is a New York-based writer and therapist; he is also completing his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His first book, A Catechism of the Heart: A Jesuit Missioned to the Laity (2020) is a memoir and primer on vocation, discernment and changing one’s way of life all for the greater glory of God; it is by Wipf and Stock Publishers.