Rosaria Butterfield: From Victim To Guest: Sexuality, Intersectionality, and Hospitality




Rosaria Butterfield: From Victim to GuestRaised and educated in liberal Roman Catholic settings, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield earned her PhD from The Ohio State University and was a tenured professor of English and Women’s Studies at Syracuse University where she taught until 2002. In her late 20s she adopted a lesbian identity and her scholarship specialized in critical theory and queer theory. She studied and wrote about nineteenth-century literature and her work was informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She served as the advisor for the campus LGBT group and wrote the university’s policy for same-sex couples. Alongside her partner, she was an active advocate for LGBT aims. In 1999 she was converted to Christ. She described her conversion in her memoir, The Secret Thoughts of An Unlikely Convert. She is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian minister in North Carolina. She is a mother, author, and speaker. Her most recent book is, The Gospel Comes With A House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post- Christian World.

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The cost of the conference is $25.00



Friday, July 26, 2019 

6:00PM Registration check-in, Book table open
6:45PM Welcome and Prayer
7:00 Welcome
7:05 Talk 1: “Intersectionality: What It Is and Why It Matters” —Rosaria Butterfield
7:50 Break (20 minutes)
8:10 Talk 2: “Hospitality: The Gospel Comes With A Housekey” — Rosaria Butterfield
8:50 Q & A


TALK 1: Sexuality & Intersectionality | Dr Rosaria Butterfield

Late modern American culture is obsessed with identity and sexual politics and the intersection of the ways we have are said to have been victimized. The ethos of intersectionality asks us to reckon with our various identities (e.g., ethnic, sexual, political) and count the ways in which we have been victimized because of an identity and how those victimhoods intersect. Dr Butterfield explains why we have been led to think this way and how we ought to respond to the invitation to victimhood.

TALK 2: Hospitality: The Gospel Comes With A House Key | Dr Rosaria Butterfield

Radically ordinary hospitality is not only the antithesis of our current alienation from one another, it is the answer to it. Hospitality sees others not as strangers but as neighbors, and neighbors as created in the image of God. When we become committed to hospitality we also become committed to reckoning with our own sin and our homes not as ours but as God’s to be used toward his gracious kingdom.


The conference will be held in the beautiful new Heritage Center on the campus of Calvin Christian School at 2000 N. Broadway, Escondido, California.