Melissa Harris-Perry (no relation) wrote this piece in The Nation in 2010 that opens a conversation I'm deeply interested in: the importance of progressive approaches to the study of sacred texts and religion. Both of my books - on Moses and Leviticus - are attempts to create examples of this kind of Bible study that are readable and scholarly.
Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University in New Orleans. There, she became the founding director of the Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.
My own discovery and practice of progressive methods of sacred text study took place at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. I'm interested in hearing from readers about online communities dedicated to liberal / progressive approaches to sacred text study (in any religion).
In the course of sharing news about the Leviticus book, I'm getting to meet other religious progressives in the interfaith community, and it's illuminating and fun! Just discovered Eric Reitan's blog, which takes a progressive Christian look at things. You can check it out here if this is your cup of tea.
Because of my book's focus on LGBT equality in religion, I've been trying to learn more and more about organizations in various faith communities that support LGBT-positive religion. That's when I found a web site for Christians interested in identifying churches that are inclusive and welcoming. You can look up congregations by state or Canadian province. Check it out here. I've been using this resource to send emails out to clergy around North America