CORNEL WEST AND JASON COLLINS TO DISCUSS SEXUALITY, SPORTS, AND SPIRITUALITY AT UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

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CORNEL WEST AND JASON COLLINS TO DISCUSS SEXUALITY, SPORTS, AND SPIRITUALITY AT UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
NEW YORK, NY — The NBA’s first openly gay player, Jason Collins, will join an all-star panel including Cornel West, Caroline Dessert, and Valerie Purdie-Vaughns to discuss the intersection of sports, sexuality, and spirituality. The public panel is sponsored by and will take place at Union Theological Seminary on Tuesday, June 30th, with lunch starting at noon and the panel running from 12:30 to 2:00.
The panel will be live streamed at utsnyc.edu, and the public is welcome to join the discussion in person by RSVPing here. Event is open to all press.
“Religion should bring communities together through love and acceptance,” said Collins. “Unfortunately, there are those who use religion as a way to justify discrimination and separate our community. The intersection of faith and LGBT issues should focus on spreading a message of love and quieting the intolerant voices of hate.”
The increasing visibility of professional athletes who identify as members of the LGBT community has generated a great deal of public discussion. However, those discussions rarely include any mention of faith.
“For far too long, the LGBT community has been relegated to second-class citizenship not only in the church, but in sports, public life, and every corner of our society,” said Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones. “I hope this discussion will shine a light on the dark places in our society where we have not fully included our LGBT brothers and

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