Spirit Alive: LOVING BEYOND THE LIMITS OF GENDER & SEXUAL ORIENTATION

October 27th

“LOVING BEYOND THE LIMITS OF GENDER & SEXUAL ORIENTATION.”

Prof. Cristina Traina

The Cardinal Avery Dulles Chair in Catholic Theology, Fordham University with respondents Jason Steidl, PhD and Ann Marie Amideo.

Hosted by James Philipps.

Cristina Traina, Ph.D. attended Princeton University, where she majored in Religion. She earned her M.A. in Religion and her Ph.D. in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Professor Traina came to Fordham in 2020 from Northwestern University where she taught for nearly 30 years in the Department of Religious Studies. Her research focuses on critical and constructive Christian feminist ethics, with a specialty in Catholic ethics.  Her areas of special expertise include sexuality, ethics of relationship, methodological questions, and moral agency, in particular children’s moral agency. She has additional interests in bioethics, migration, intersectionality, and economic and political justice.

Professor Traina’s lengthy publication record, which includes two books and over fifty articles for both scholarly and popular publications, reflects her varied scholarly interests and areas of expertise.  Her next book, Children Out of Place and Moral Agency explores the implications for ethical conceptions of moral agency of children who are “out of place” according to Western liberal notions of childhood. 

Professor Traina is an active member of the Society of Christian Ethics and served as the Society’s President. She has served on the editorial boards of various journals and is an active member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the America Academy of Religion, and Societas Ethica.  She is also a member of the advisory board for New Ways Ministry, and writes occasionally for its blog.

Jason Steidl, Ph.D., is a gay Catholic theologian. Raised an evangelical Protestant in small-town Ohio, he completed a double-major in government and theology at Georgetown University in 2007. After a year of evangelizing and teaching English in Paraguay, he returned to the US, became a Catholic, and attended the University of Notre Dame for his Master of Theological Studies. Professor Steidl’s study with Fr. Virgil Elizondo and Dr. Timothy Matovina, inspired his interest in Latinx ministry and liberation theology. In 2012, he moved to NYC and completed his PhD in theology at Fordham University under the direction of Dr. Michael Lee. His interest in ecclesial activism grew as he wrote his dissertation, “The Chicano Movement in the US Catholic Church: Grassroots Activism and Dialogical Ecclesiology.” Dr. Steidl is an active participant in LGBTQ-affirming communities such as Out @ Saint Paul, the LGBTQ ministry of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Manhattan. He is also a vocal advocate for LGBTQ people. He serves on the board of directors for Fortunate Families, a national LGBTQ Catholic ministry, and his writing has appeared in publications such as Commonweal, National Catholic Reporter, New Ways Ministry’s Bondings, and others. He is currently a lecturer in the religious studies department at St. Joseph’s College, NYC and is completing his first book, No Longer Strangers: The History of LGBTQ Catholic Ministry in the US, (forthcoming, Paulist Press, 2022).

Ann Marie Amideo, M.A., has been a professional educator, speaker, and spiritual director for 35 years in the disciplines of holistic health, theology and human sexuality.  In addition to full time teaching with in the Brentwood Public Schools, Ann Marie has taught Theology of Death and Bereavement at both St. Joseph’s College and Hofstra University for 18 years. She has also taught courses in Addictions and Substance Abuse, Human Sexuality, Stress Management, Nutrition, Disease Prevention and the supervision of student teachers. Ann Marie is currently a Pastoral Care Associate at the St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood where she provides spiritual programming and one on one pastoral visits. She has served the spiritual needs of the LGBT community as co-founder of the Rockville Centre Diocese’s committee on pastoral needs of LGBT Catholics and their families.  She also served with PFLAG (parents and friends of lesbians and gays) as group facilitator and conference speaker on topics related to religion and sexuality.  Ann Marie has directed prayer groups for the LGBT community and published articles, essays and letters on behalf of social justice for the LGBT community. 

James Philipps, M.A., has been teaching theology for about 35 years. In addition to teaching in Catholic High Schools, Jim has taught theology as an adjunct professor in both Saint John’s University and Molloy College.  He was a facilitator in the Pastoral Formation Institute of the Diocese of Rockville Centre as well as an online facilitator for the Virtual Learning Community of Faith Formation (VLCFF) of the University of Dayton. Jim has authored a number of books with Twenty Third Publications directed to catechists as well as the general Catholic reading public.