This paper will reflect on the theological
challenges posed by success in the context of spirituality and social
change. Focussing on lesbian and gay theology I will argue that
as a theology of liberation it is nearing the end of its useful
life and explore some of the difficulties and resistances theology
raises to dying when social change is actually achieved. The paper
will analyse the connection between identity and a sense of marginalisation
and oppression and asks what happens, theologically speaking, to
an identity when marginalisation and oppression effectively ends.
Prof. Elizabeth Stuart is Professor of Christian Theology
at University of Winchester and was founding chair of the Centre
for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality. She co-edits the academic
journal "Theology and Sexuality". Prof. Stuart has been
ordained as a Bishop in the Open Episcopal Church (a small, independent
grouping within the United Kingdom).