The Sacred and the Strange: A Very Queer Spirituality


Contributed by Hierald Osorto

Join us for a series of conversations titled “The Sacred and the Strange: A Very Queer Spirituality” with the Rev. M Barclay on October 27-28, 2019.

The Rev. M Barclay (they/them) is an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church and the director of enfleshed - a nonprofit committed to creating and facilitating spiritual resources on the intersections of spiritual nourishment and collective liberation.

On  Sunday, October 27, the Rev. M Barclay will serve the guest preacher at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in downtown Ithaca. Services begin at 10:30 AM. In the afternoon St. Paul’s will be hosting a community conversation led by the Rev. M Barclay who will share how they came to recognize the Sacredness of strange in queer lives and loves and why the strange in all of us is needed in the world today. 

Later that evening, a community dinner will be hosted by at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. These events are free and open to the public, and all interested students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend.

On  Monday, October 28, the Rev. M Barclay continue their conversations on campus with two additional opportunities:

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM 
Lunch and Learn 
Muller Chapel (BYO Lunch) 

As a former-fundamentalist turned radical, and a queer and trans pastor, M's work takes on strange forms. Come hear about their ministry, enfleshed, why they launched a spiritual nonprofit to resource collective liberation, and what they find hopeful about celebrating unexpected intersections of seemingly opposed identities.  

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Evening conversation 
Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center 

For a long-time, queer was a word used against LGBTQIA people to shame us for our strangeness. Come and gather together for an intimate conversation with M about what Sacred power we can find in re-claiming and celebrating our Strange, followed by Q & A, and a spiritual ritual for queer love and nourishment.  

This event is supported by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca. For further information, please contact Hierald Osorto (  

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.