“The only way I’m able to remain a Christian is to imagine that Jesus is Black and queer,” said Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart. “Jesus’s life story, the fact that his way of being put to shame the imperialist ways of the status quo, and that he was so resented that he was ultimately murdered -- this life mirrors the liminality [that] is Blackness.”
As the Director for Faith Based and Interfaith Affairs for the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement in Philadelphia, Pa., and an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University, Rev. Naomi spends most of her time with her community.