The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Historical Traditions, Irreverant Wit, and the Spirituality of Gender Identities

Wednesday, May 15th 2024, 11:00am
Geneva Hall 100 & online, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 105 Seminary Road San Anselmo, CA 94960

Join us in person at SFTS's San Anselmo campus (Geneva Hall 100) or online at

A 90-minute conversation with historians Miles Pattenden and Michael Barbezat, with Bay Area pastor/activists Janie Spahr and Sam Lundquist, and others, moderated by Prof. John Falcone.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an international order of queer and trans nuns founded in San Francisco in 1979, with affiliated chapters throughout the United States and in Australia, Columbia, Uruguay, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

How have the Sisters used queer historical traditions, drawn from medieval through contemporary sources, in their practice of witness and ministry? What can the Sisters teach us about activism: queer, progressive, religious, radical, passionate, tender, and fabulous?


  • Dr. Miles Pattenden. Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Dr. Michael Barbezat. Australian Catholic University, Research Fellow of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
  • The Rev. Janie Spahr. Founder of the Trans Heartline and LGBTQ+ activist
  • The Rev. Sam Lundquist. Associate Pastor, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, San Francisco
  • Suzanne Ford. Executive Director of SF Pride.

  • Chitoka Webb. Chaplain. Author, Something Inside of Me: How To Hang On To Heaven When You're Going Through Hell
  • and others
  • Moderator, Prof. John Falcone. Ford Visiting Professor of Practical Theology, SFTS