Sacred Art Exhibit in Lancaster Celebrates LGBTQ+ Diversity During Pride Month

Reverend Angela Yarber’s ‘Queering the Dream’ exhibit celebrated the lives and legacies of queer and ethnic minority women from sacred history and mythology as a way to diversify religious spaces during the month of pride.

Organized by the Lancaster Priory and sponsored by the Lancaster Friends, the exhibit featured 12 images of groundbreaking women of color, who inspired the artist’s spiritual journey as a queer Latinx clergyman.

A leading LGBTQ+ theologian and professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, Dr. Yarber has embarked on a lifelong journey to decolonize sacred art through her Holy Women Icons project. This project expands the representation of women and people from underrepresented groups in places of worship around the world.

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Dr Azelina Flint, who curated the Queering The Dream exhibition at Lancaster Priory. Photo by Steve Pendrill

Among the women depicted was Pauli Murray (1910-1985), the first African-American woman ordained an Episcopal priest. Dubbed by Dr. Yarber the “goddess of pride,” Murray inspired the artist to pursue her own religious calling as a queer woman.

The exhibition was curated by Dr Azelina Flint, a specialist in women’s writing and sacred art at Lancaster University and a member of the Decolonising Lancaster University Network, which works to raise awareness of the contributions of people of color to history and culture around the world.

“I discovered Angela’s art through the amazing work she does at the Tehom Center,” Dr. Flint said. “This non-profit organization for art, spirituality and social justice offers courses on revolutionary women to women from marginalized backgrounds.”

Dr. Yarber flew in from Florida for the event, which drew interest from students and staff at Lancaster University, Priory members and beyond.

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