Church can be a Drag...
At the Intersection of Queerness and Spirituality, dwells the Minister in Drag: Ms. Penny Cost
Who is Penny?
Ms. Penny Cost is reportedly the first Drag Queen in the world to become a Certified Candidate for Ordination within the United Methodist Church. As a member of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, she considers herself to be a traveling Minister (giving new meaning to the John-Wesley-area notion of Circuit Riding)! She is in her first year of Seminary at Boston University School of Theology where she is pursuing her Masters of Divinity!
Though she was born and raised in a small town of Illinois, Ms. Penny was catapulted into International Spotlight due to the power, oddity, and celebration of her carnivalesque ministry to and alongside LGBTQIA+ Individuals. Her story has been reported on by Sojourners Magazine, NPR, The Religion News Service, The Daily Wire, and countless other media organizations. She has preached in churches around the country and spoken on podcasts from around the world.
It is Ms. Penny Cost's mission to create spaces for deep, difficult, divisive, yet divine conversations around queerness and spirituality. The Love of the Divine flows forth, in new and powerful ways, to new and incredible people: people who have been told they are unreachable, unknowable, and un-holy. She prays that the tomorrow which we are all creating, will be made more just, more equitable, and more inclusive, by each of our actions today.