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© Paul Nathan Alexander, 2013 DOI: 10 . 1163 / 15700747 - 12341364 Pneuma 35 ( 2013 ) 319-344 brill.com/pneu This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported (CC-BY-NC 3.0) License. Presidential Address 2013 Raced, Gendered, Faithed, and Sexed Paul Nathan Alexander Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University King of Prussia, Pennsylvania [email protected] Abstract In this paper I address constructions of race and white supremacy, diversities of religious faith, and constructions of genders and sexes together with the concomitant ongoing inequalities for females and limitations on discourse regarding LGBT+ realities. I use First Nations, liberation, and postcolonial methodologies and hermeneutics to interrogate constructions of whiteness and I theorize beyond whiteness by o f fering readings of the exodus, the subsequent conquest of Canaan by Joshua (Yeshua), and the Canaanite woman’s interaction with and transformation of Jesus (Yeshua). I provide data that shows the signi fi cant gender disparity among university and seminary faculties and I argue for intentionality in the uses of power to achieve parity. I encour- age interfaith and interreligious dialogue and cooperation. Finally, I conclude by acknowledging the diversity of perspectives regarding LGBT+ and encourage more space for the presentation of research and argumentation regarding the many issues of sexualities, faithings, genderings, and racings. Keywords race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, LGBT, religious diversity, white supremacy Introduction In this paper I address constructions of race and white supremacy, construc- tions of religious faith, and constructions of genders and sexes and the con- comitant ongoing inequalities for females and limitations on discourse regarding LGBT+ realities. 1 I intend for the title of the paper, in which the “ed” turns the nouns back into the verbs created from the nouns, to signal that each 1  LGBT+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and includes others as well, such as intersex, questioning, and queer.
320 P. N. Alexander / Pneuma 35 ( 2013 ) 319-344 of these are processes of socialization. Humans have been and are being raced, gendered, faithed, and sexed by powers external to themselves, with varying degrees of volitional cooperation, and then they often see themselves “as” “being” or “having” a race, a gender, a sex, or a faith. I interrogate these con- structs and these processes in order to create space to resist the oppressions that can accompany them. In this particular address, I devote much more print to “raced” and use di f ferent methodologies than for the other three, but that does not mean that I view gendering, faithing, and sexing as less signi fi cant for humanity or for Pentecostalism. 2 Raced White american Christians need a liberation theology of their own to free them from the denial of their own past. . . . White Amer-europeans must courageously own their past — without guilt but with great intentionality — to change the present and the future. This means Amer-europeans will have to engage in a collective or corporate

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