Pamela Lightsey

Boston
Massachusetts

Dr. Pamela Lightsey serves as Associate Dean and Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Theology. She is also board member of Reconciling Ministries Network and Coordinating Team member of Church Within a Church.

Dr. Lightsey has been a leading advocate for LGBTQ rights consistently calling for an end to the United Methodist Church’s discriminatory polity related to ordination, church membership and marriage rights. Refusing to sit quietly while legislation upon legislation was being passed to deny full inclusion of LGBTQ persons, Dr. Lightsey has helped draft petitions, written open letters to highlight leading African American scholars and clergy who support LGBTQ causes, and offered her expertise in Queer Theology to several workshop and seminar events. It should not go unmentioned that Dr. Lightsey does this work as the only out African American lesbian ordained clergy person in the United Methodist Church. In fact, she used her status as both scholar and ordained clergy to preach an affirming sermon at the UMC’s 2012 General Conference and to address the Common Witness Coalition at GC 2012.

Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey has expertise in classical just war theory and Womanist methodologies. As a military veteran and one whose son served in Iraq, she has lectured on just war theory and now serves as Executive Board member for The Soul Repair Project, a Lilly Endowment funded work. As a Womanist scholar, she serves as co-chair of the Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group, American Academy of Religion.

She has authored several works including "Reconciliation," in Radical Evangelical (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company) and “If There Should Come a Word” in Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon Press).