Biography: The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng
The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng is the Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a contributor to the Religion and the Gay Voices sections of the Huffington Post, and he serves as a deacon in the Episcopal Church.
Cheng’s research interests relate to the intersections of sexuality, race, ethics, and theology. His first book, Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology, provides an accessible guide to queer theology. His subsequent book, From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ, reclaims the doctrines of sin and grace for queer people and their allies who have been wounded by such doctrines in the past. Most recently, Cheng published Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit, which is the first book that brings together theological voices from various queer of color communities.
Cheng is the founder and coordinator of Queer Asian Spirit, an international and interfaith network of queer people of Asian descent and allies who are interested in religious and spiritual issues. He is a member of the Emerging Queer Asian Religion Scholars group (EQARS), and he has also spoken at the 2009 and 2012 national conferences of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). Cheng has conducted workshops and retreats for the queer Asian communities in Boston, Hong Kong, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Cheng holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College. For more information about him, please see his website at http://www.patrickcheng.net.