We invite you to join us for a virtual tea time on Wednesday, September 15 from 1:00-2:00pm with anthropologist and Ph.D candidate Benjamin Hollenbach. We will learn about their research on LGBTQIA+ inclusion in mainline protestant congregations and also get to know Ben along with their thoughts, hobbies, and interests. Feel free to bring coffee, tea, lemonade, snacks, or anything you’d like for this virtual, afternoon conversation!
Benjamin T. Hollenbach (he/they) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Benjamin earned a B.A. in anthropology and classics at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Benjamin’s research focuses on religion, with a particular emphasis on contemporary Christianity in the United States and LGBTQ+ representation within Christian groups. By focusing on how people of faith determine which behaviors promote greater equity, Benjamin’s dissertation examines the ways in which progressive Christian congregations shape and influence queer politics in the United States. Conversely, Benjamin also examines the ways queer Christians actively construct queer religiosities, and shape the religious institutions to which they belong. In their spare time, Benjamin (or Ben) enjoys going to art museums and watching Joan Crawford movies.