Rev. Irene Monroe
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Rev. Irene Monroe is a graduate from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and served as a pastor at an African-American church before attending Harvard Divinity School for her doctorate as Ford Fellow. As a syndicated queer religion columnist, Monroe columns appear in 43 cities across the country and in the U.K.
Monroe has been profiled in O, Oprah Magazine and the Gay Pride Episode of “‘In the Life’ TV,” where the segment on her was nominated for an educational Emmy. She has received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching several times while being the head teaching fellow of the Rev. Peter Gomes, the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard. She appeared in the film, “For the bible Tells me so,” an exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. Monroe sits on the advisory boards of several national LGBTQ organizations.
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