Elizabeth Stuart (theologian)

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Elizabeth Stuart (born 1963 in Kent) is a British theologian specialising in Queer Theology.

Academic positions[edit]

Stuart is Professor of Christian Theology at the University of Winchester and was founding chair of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality. She co-edits the academic journal Theology and Sexuality. In August 2008 she took up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic. In 2011, she became the Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester. In 2013 she was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor.


Stuart was consecrated as a bishop in the Open Episcopal Church, a small, independent grouping within the United Kingdom. In 2006 she became Archbishop of the Province of Great Britain and Ireland of the Liberal Catholic Church International.

Published writings[edit]

Stuart's published writings include:

  • Gay and Lesbian Theologies: Repetitions and Critical Difference
  • Just Good Friends: Towards a Lesbian and Gay Theology of Relationships
  • Daring to Speak Love’s Name
  • Religion is a Queer Thing

These works show Stuart moving from a liberationist approach to an approach grounded in queer theory. She now argues that gender and sexuality are not matters of ultimate theological concerns and that the Christian duty is to refuse to work theologically with such categories.

Jeffrey John argued against the model proposed in Just Good Friends in his booklet Permanent, Faithful, Stable: Christian Same-Sex Partnerships.

In 2008 Stuart received the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement Award for "energetic and prophetic advocacy on behalf of LGBT people, numerous pioneering theological books, and for remaining a loyal member of LGCM".[citation needed]

In 2008 the French academic Stephane Lavignotte published a book about Stuart's theology: Au-delà du lesbien et du mâle: la subversion des identités dans la théologie 'queer' d'Elizabeth Stuart (published by Van Dieren).

Personal life[edit]

Her grandfather was Ronald Niel Stuart VC.

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