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Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.
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Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. Dr. Sprinkle is Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry, and Professor of Practical Theology at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas, a post he has held since 1994.

An ordained Baptist minister, he is the first openly gay scholar in the history of the Divinity School, and the first open and out LGBTQ person to be tenured there. His graduate education includes: M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, and Ph.D., Duke University Graduate School.

Dr. Sprinkle is the author of three books and numerous articles on theology, church polity and LGBTQ studies. His most recent research focuses on the stories of LGBT hate crimes murder victims in the United States. His new book is entitled, "Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims" (Resource Publications, 2011), and won the 2012 International Silver Medal for Gay/Lesbian Non-Fiction at the Independent Book Publishers Awards (the IPPYs), awarded in New York City. He is a member of the Association of Theological Field Education, and the Academy of Religious Leadership.

In 2008, he received the prestigious Catherine Saylor Hill Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service by vote of his colleagues at Brite Divinity School, the only Field Educator ever to receive the award. He also received the coveted Brite Award for Creative Teaching and Scholarship in 2010.

Dr. Sprinkle was named “Hero of Hope” for 2010 by the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas, and serves as the Cathedral’s Theologian in Residence.

Entries by Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

A Cautionary Tale of Two Cities About LGBT Equality

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 11:56 AM

2015-11-04-1446659316-3298863-StopLivinginFear824x429.jpgTuesday night the Fright-Right overwhelmed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) with a campaign Mayor Annise Parker called, "a wad of deliberate, fear mongering lies." In the first major test of LGBTQ equality since the Supreme Court of the United States made marriage equality...

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LGBT Hate Was in the Air This 9/11

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 12:00 PM

The Associated Press carried this headline at 2 a.m. on September 11: Investigators Search for Man Who Set Fire at Gay Nightclub. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Sarasota County Sheriff's Department officials say that neighbors of the popular gay nightclub reported it being on fire at approximately 9...

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How Laramie's LGBT Decision Awakens Us

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 10:31 AM


After 17 years of dogmatic slumber and denial over the grisly murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, Laramie's City Council passed the state's first broad LGBT protection ordinance. Council members voted 7-2 to prohibit discrimination in the city limits against persons...

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When the Unthinkable Becomes Commonplace: Charting the Future of Ministerial Ordination

(6) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:24 AM


A quiet revolution is taking place in once anti-LGBTQ denominational circles. Women and men who are widely known to be openly partnered and "practicing" queer people are being ordained as ministers in churches once ardently opposed to the ordination of...

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The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

(6) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Rev. Fred Phelps, Founder and former Pastor of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, is dead at the age of 84. Pundits and regular people are busily dissecting the story and social significance of one of the most venom-filled ministerial lives in American history, as well as the hate-mongering "ministry"...

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The Biggest Issue Facing LGBTQ Community Today

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Complacency is a luxury LGBTQ people and their allies cannot afford. That is the message from the new Mr. Gay World, New Zealand's Chris Olwage. DNA Magazine (#167) asked Olwage, newly crowned this past August in Antwerp, Belgium, "What do you think is the biggest issue facing the...

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YouTube Sensation Steve Grand and All-American Reconciliation

(16) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 2:22 PM

Steve Grand, a formerly unknown singer/songwriter from Chicago, hit a nerve of longing and reconciliation with his county music ballad of unrequited love, "All-American Boy." In the two weeks since Grand put the video up on YouTube, it has received over 1.4 million views, measuring up favorably against...

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Remembering the Victims of Gay Hate Crimes Until Justice Comes

(17) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 6:37 PM

Had Ryan Keith Skipper (1981-2007) not been murdered in one of the most heinous anti-gay hate crimes in the history of Florida, he would be celebrating his 32nd birthday today, April 28. Losses like his change the world. On March 14, 2007, two ne'er do wells, Joseph "Smiley" Beardon, and...

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The Golden Rule and Anti-Gay Discrimination

(171) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 2:28 AM

The Texas A&M University Student Senate voted on April 3 to discriminate openly against their fellow LGBT students under the guise of "religious freedom." By a vote of 35 to 28, the notorious "Religious Funding Exemption Bill," S.B 65-70, was approved, endorsing the request of any student "who has a...

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The Souls of Our Dogs: A Valentine's Day Tribute to Our Best Friends

(104) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 12:04 PM

No treatise on the soul ever taught me as much as my dog, Winston. What a happy irony! I am a theologian being patiently tutored on friendship, loyalty, and love by a brown-brindle English bulldog. It seems only mete and good to pay tribute to the soulfulness of humanity's best...

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Gay and Baptist: How an Oxymoron May Save the Church

(170) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 10:29 AM

An ordained gay Baptist preacher and his life partner who were refused a marriage license in Jefferson County accepted arrest rather than betray their Christian conviction that anti-gay laws are unjust. By implication, the Rev. Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard and his husband, Dominique James, both members in good standing in a...

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