A Conversation with Chaplain Christine Wagner-Hecht: Living, Loving and Doing Ministry in Challenging Climates

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Date(s) - 09/19/2022
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

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The Carpenter Initiative on Gender, Sexuality, and Justice is hosting “A Conversation with Chaplain Christine Wagner-Hecht: Living, Loving and Doing Ministry in Challenging Climates” on Monday, September 19 at 6:15 pm in Bass Conference Center. Light Refreshments will be served.

Chaplain Wagner-Hecht will speak with us about

  • Her decision to leave the UMC as a lesbian long ago; her insights into the current Methodist “divorce,” given her departure in the mid-1990’s. What is the same? What is different, in terms of Queer community challenges in the UMC?
  • Living as a married lesbian chaplain in a red state—-How has she negotiated that vocation as someone who is no longer ordained? How complicated was it to secure employment under these circumstances?
  • Navigating crises situations in a hospital chaplaincy setting with children and their families—including COVID, the NICU; reproductive justice issues in the face of the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Christine Wagner-Hecht currently serves as a pediatric chaplain, at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital in the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics health care system. She has lived for many years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her wife Susan Wagner-Hecht, where they have raised two children together. She was ordained as a United Methodist in the Iowa conference in 1988, but turned in her ordination credentials in 1994, refusing to live a closeted life for the church, and deciding instead to seek alternate ministerial employment.

She has recently been interviewed for the LGBT Oral Histories project of Central Iowa: https://lgbtoralhistories.sites.grinnell.edu/uncategorized/christine-wagner-hacht/