Ep. 27 Inclusion in Prayer, Rituals, and Tradition with Rabbi Denise L. Eger
Welcome to Have a Blessed Gay, your weekly spiritual-comedy podcast! Join holy host, Tyler Martin, as he critically discusses social norms, current events, mental health, religion, and spirituality from an outcast's perspective. This week, Tyler chats Rabbi Denise L. Eger, an incredible activist, author, proud lesbian, and inspiring Rabbi. Throughout her rabbinical career, she has worked extensively to include and uplift the LGBTQ+ community, she has worked tirelessly with and for people with AIDS, she was the first openly LGBTQ+ President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis which is the largest organization of Rabbis in the world, she’s also the past President of the Southern California Board of Rabbis (being the first woman and openly gay person to do that), and a past President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis. But get this, she officiated the very first US same-sex marriage in L.A. County in 2008. What they primarily discussed was her groundbreaking new book: Mishkan Ga'avah: Where Pride Dwells: A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual. It is an absolutely gorgeous book filled with prayers, rituals, history, and traditions that actually include the LGBTQ+ community. There is no other religious denomination that has published a book of queer prayers as part of its primary liturgy. Along with her book, they also talk about inclusivity, tolerance vs. acceptance, seeking activism as a faith leader, and how to make our holidays more inclusive, right now, but also year round. Enjoy this inspiring discussion!
Guest: Rabbi Denise L. Eger
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