Rev. Emily C. Heath

Rev. Emily C. Heath

At a Glance:

Rev. Emily C. Heath has been a Project Contributor since October 2010, has written 28 entries and currently lives in southern Vermont.


The Rev. Emily C. Heath is a minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), and a born and raised Southerner, who currently pastors two small town congregations in southern Vermont. Prior to pastoring, Heath was a hospital and hospice chaplain specializing in trauma.

Heath holds undergraduate degree from Emory. At Emory Heath's activism work began as the president of the LGBTQ association. After college Heath received a MDiv and a ThM in systematic theology from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Though originally ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2001, Heath later left after feeling at odds with that church's unchanging policies which excluded LGBT people from the full life of the church.

Heath's primary interest is in progressive religious thought, but gender theory is another critical area of engagement.

The views expressed in these posts are solely Heath's own, and do not necessarily reflect the UCC's.

Rev. Emily C. Heath: Recently Filed


Irene Aftermath: My Vermont Town Has Been Devastated

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 30, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

As many of you know, I'm a pastor in southern Vermont. The devastation here is significant. You probably won't be hearing from me for a few weeks while we get a sense of what needs to be done, and I just wanted you to know where I went.Read More


What Can Coverage of the Earthquake Teach Us about the LGBT Movement?

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 23, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

What does the recent earthquake have to do with LGBT rights? On the surface not much. But as I sat watching coverage, I was struck by a familiar feeling that we were missing the heart of the story.Read More


Drawing the Line: LGBT Rights & Religious Freedom at Work

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 21, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This is where the question of religious freedom intersects with workplace expectations. Where do we draw the line? Do we do it with a teacher who expresses his religious views outside of the classroom? That's where things get tricky.Read More

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Boston Queer Artist & Activist Aliza Shapiro Hospitalized

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 02, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

If you've gone to any sort of performing arts event in the Boston queer community, chances are Aliza was involved either in the execution or inspiration. Last Sunday she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.Read More


The Limits of Tolerance: Anti-faith Voices in Our Community

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | July 26, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

It is always ironic to me how much anti-gay Christians and the rabid anti-faith folks have in common. The narrowness of world views, the inability to tolerate beliefs different than their own, the stereotyping: they are all fundamentalists.Read More