My blog has been dormant for almost a year now. Some may call it bad business and others may say it’s a big no-no in blogging, but I call it a much needed hiatus. I made the decision to put my blog on pause, because I felt pressured to create content, I didn’t really know what to write about and I just had way too many other things going on in my life. And though my endeavor to blog about my art stopped, creating art never did.
On May 16, 2015, I graduated from Loyola University Maryland with my Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care. My journey at Loyola culminated with a 110-page, professional seminar research paper entitled “African American Churches and Non-heterosexuality: Creating positive pyscho-social and spiritual responses toward non-heterosexual African American men and women.”
In a nutshell, my professional seminar paper focused on how conservative, African American churches respond to congregants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), gave an integrated analysis of those responses and offered ways in which these churches can holistically support the psychosocial and spiritual lives of African American congregants who are LGBTQ.
Finally, my paper identified several rationales as to why conservative African American churches should contemplate changing their biased responses to the African American LGBTQ community and listed several resources that could drive positive change. My paper also premiered several pieces of my artwork, most of which were created specifically for this paper.
To hail my return from a much needed hiatus, here are some pictures from my graduation and artwork from my paper.
Be Educated. Be Renewed. Be YOU.