The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng, J.D., Ph.D.
Other Key Publications
Key Lectures and Talks
- Episcopal priest, canonically resident in the Diocese of New York
- Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York; J.D. from Harvard Law School; B.A. from Yale College
- Adjunct Professor of Anglican Studies at Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary
- Theologian in Residence at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City
- Senior Vice President of Client Benefits and Education Compliance, Church Pension Group
- Author of three books on queer theology, each of which has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and/or Korean
- 2010 -- Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, New York, NY
- Ph.D. (2010), M.Phil. (2009), M.A. (2001), Systematic Theology
- Doctoral Adviser: Dr. James Cone
- Maxwell Fellowship; Hansen Award; Union Scholarship
- 1993 -- J.D., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
- Magna cum laude
- Executive Editor, Harvard Law Review
- 1990 -- B.A., Yale College, New Haven, CT
- Summa cum laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Distinction in the Major, English Language and Literature
- See "Parish Teaching" and "Sermons" sections
- 2019 to Present -- Theologian in Residence, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
- 2015 to 2019 -- Associate Rector and Associate Priest, Church of the Transfiguration ("Little Church Around the Corner"), New York, NY
- 2015 -- Assisting Priest, St. Bartholomew's Church, New York, NY
- 2012 to 2015 -- Deacon and Pastoral Associate, Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston, Boston, MA
- 1995 to Present -- Member of the New York State Bar
- 2000 to 2010, and 2014 to Present -- Church Pension Group, New York, NY
- 2017 to Present -- Senior Vice President of Client Benefits and Education Compliance
- 2014 to 2017 -- Vice Present and Chief Compliance Officer
- 2000 to 2010 -- Various legal positions, including Senior Vice President and General Counsel
- Other Experience:
- 1995 to 1999 -- Associate Attorney, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, New York, NY
- 1994 to 1995 -- Associate Attorney, Tax, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, New York, NY
- 1993 to 1994 -- Law Clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Los Angeles, CA
- See "Seminary Teaching" section
- 2020 to Present -- Adjunct Professor of Anglican Studies, Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
- Courses taught included Queer Anglicanism (scheduled), Anglican Studies Capstone Seminar: From Seminary to Ministerial Leadership, and Anglican Studies: Discernment of Call
- 2015 to 2016 -- Affiliated Associate Professor of Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
- Courses taught included Queer Theology
- 2010 to 2014 -- Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology (tenured) and Assistant Professor, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
- Courses taught included Early Christianity; Contemporary Christologies; Introduction to Systematic Theology; Heaven, Hell, and Last Things; Queer Theology and Pastoral Care; Administration and Finance for Congregations; and History, Polity, and Canon Law of The Episcopal Church.
- See "Books" section
- Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit. New York: Seabury Books, 2013.
- From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ, New York: Seabury Books, 2012.
- Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. New York: Seabury Books, 2011.
- Co-Editor, Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013.
Other Key Publications
- See Google Scholar profile and "Articles" section
- "Queer Theology." In Ford's The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Theology Since 1918, 4th ed. Edited by Rachel Muers and Ashley Cocksworth. West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell (forthcoming).
- "What Theologians Need to Know: Contributions from Queer Theory." In Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender, 153-69. Edited by Adrian Thatcher. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
- "Rethinking Sin and Grace for LGBT People Today." In Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection, 2nd ed., 105-18. Edited by Marvin M. Ellison and Kelly Brown Douglas. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.
Key Lectures and Talks
- See YouTube page and "Speaking" section
- Lecturer, 2021 Pitt Lecture, "Race and Sexuality in the ‘Regions Beyond’: Towards a Postcolonial Queer Missiology,” Berkeley Divinity School, Yale University, New Haven, CT (October 19, 2021) | Video (at 1:09:30) | Transcript.
- Panelist, "Queerness & Christianity," Stanford University Speaker Series on Queerness, Spirituality, and Religion, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (March 7, 2021) (via videoconference).
- Symposium Participant, "Queer Life After DOMA: The Triumph of Gay Marriage in an Age of Family Values," Yale University, New Haven, CT (April 25, 2014).
- Lecturer, Sixteenth Annual Gilberto Castañeda Lecture, "Triangles and Rainbows: Constructing a Queer of Color Theology," Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL (April 26, 2012) | Video.
- Lecturer, Fourth Annual John E. Boswell Lecture, "The Rainbow Connection: Bridging Asian American and Queer Theologies," Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies in Religion and Ministry, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA (April 28, 2011) | Text.
- 2016 to Present -- Trustee, Anglican Theological Review
- 1999 to Present -- Member, American Academy of Religion
- Chair, Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Persons in the Profession (2014-15)
- Member, Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Persons in the Profession (2012-13)
- 2014 -- Chaplaincy Intern, Clinical Pastoral Education, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
- 2011-12 -- Participant, Workshop for Pre-Tenure Asian and Asian American Religion and Theology Faculty, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Crawford, IN
- Lead Instructor, Leadership Development Grant awarded by Trinity Church Wall Street to Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary ($100,000)
- Lead Instructor, Grant awarded by the Arcus Foundation to Episcopal Divinity School for the Queer Theology Academy in Asia Project ($20,000)
- Recipient, Conant Grant awarded by the Standing Commission on Ministry Development, The Episcopal Church ($5,705).
- 2001-14 -- Ordained and licensed minister in the Metropolitan Community Churches
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Greek (Koine)
- Hebrew (Biblical)
- Latin (Ecclesiastical)