Beyond Affirmation: Where The Reformation Project Gets Queer Theology Wrong

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
7 min readFeb 26, 2024
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When Archbishop Oscar Romero witnessed the impoverished suffering and oppression of the Salvadorian people at the hand of their government, he disrupted the status quo by exposing and naming the injustices.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and theologian, refused to be silent and inactive in the face of the rise of Nazism. He disrupted the status quo by engaging in vocal and active resistance.

Julia Esquivel, Guatemalan theologian and poet, exposed the violent injustices in her country through her words. She disrupted the expectations of art and politics, providing a voice for the silenced as she called upon the church act.

Dr, Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister and civil rights activist, broke the social norms racial convention, non-violently disrupting the white supremacy that had become the accepted reality, not only in society but also in the church.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a South African Anglican cleric, disrupted the iron fist of apartheid oppression that existed with the blessing of most white churches in the country, demanding a justice that was as radical in its resistance as it was in its call for forgiveness.

Each of these examples represent just a few moments in our history where faithful…



Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Jamie Arpin-Ricci is a bisexual author & activist with more than 25 years experience living at the intersection of faith, sexuality, and justice.