Reverend Irene Monroe

Reverend Irene Monroe

Reverend Irene Monroe, author of Let Your Light Shine Like a Rainbow and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender concerns, is a Ford Fellow and doctoral candidate at Harvard Divinity School. Her outreach ministries include the religion columns she writes, including: The Religion Thang for In Newsweekly, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender newspaper in New England; Faith Matters for The Advocate Magazine, a national gay and lesbian magazine; and Queer Take for The Witness, a progressive Episcopalian journal. Her writings have also appeared in the Huffington Post, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe. As a syndicated columnist, Monroe’s work appears in 43 states across the country, and in the United Kingdom.

As an African American feminist theologian, Monroe is a sought-after speaker, preacher, and writer about gender and women’s issues. She is an expert on women’s healing and spirituality. A native of Brooklyn, Monroe is a graduate of Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. She served as pastor of a Presbyterian church in New Jersey before moving to Harvard Divinity School to take up her doctoral studies.

Cited as one of Boston’s 50 Most Intriguing Women by Boston magazine, she was profiled in the gay pride episode of In the Life, which was nominated for an Emmy, and was featured in O, Oprah Magazine. Reverend Irene Monroe has also appeared on CNN’s Headline News and Paula Zhan Now, as well as Caroline Myss’s show, The Journey. Monroe sits on the advisory boards of several national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations.

What People are Saying About Reverend Irene Monroe

“A phenomenal woman who has succeeded against all odds.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine

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