Jarel Robinson-Brown

Catholicism and the French School of Music


Jarel Robinson-Brown is the Assistant Curate at St Botolph-without-Aldgate and Holy Trinity Minories in the Diocese of London. He is also Visiting Scholar in Contemporary Spirituality at Sarum College, Salisbury and Vice-Chair of the LGBT Christian Charity OneBodyOneFaith which works for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the Church. Jarel’s academic interests are in Early Christian History, Patristics, and Egyptian Late Antiquity. He is particularly interested in the body, desire, gender and ethnicity in Christian Late Antiquity and has published in the areas of queer theology, liberation theology and trauma theology. Jarel’s most recent book is Black, Gay, British, Christian, Queer: The Church and The Famine of Grace (SCM Press, 2021) described by Peter Tatchell as ‘a liberation theology for the twenty-first century. Jarel’s black queer Christian voice challenges the straight white church with a call to overturn its long history of racism and homophobia – and to embrace love, diversity, inclusion and equality for all’.

Jarel Robinson-Brown on ‘Catholicism and the French School of Music: the experience of studying music in Paris, and how that has shaped my faith and identity as a black, queer person of faith, with reference to the uniqueness of the French School’ followed by Q&A