Speaking Info

Gay. Catholic. Refuse to choose.

Finding a dynamic gay Catholic with a strong theological background, a commitment to Church teaching, and a desire to work with people of all backgrounds and perspectives can be challenging. With an M.A. in Catholic Studies, Chris has a passion for the Church’s teaching and tradition. As a man who personally struggled to make sense of his confusing experiences, he knows what it’s like to doubt, struggle, and question. As part of a dynamic community and an engaged Catholic today, he knows how to pass through struggle and come out a whole person. And he’s happy to share all this at your next event.

Past Talks

On Catholicism and Homosexuality

What does the Church teach on homosexuality? Can it be lived? How do you explain it? This presentation gives an overview of what the Catechism says about homosexuality and shares some of Chris’s personal experiences.

Previous venues include large youth groups (200 high school students), parishes, and college campuses.

My Life in Community

One fear many gay Christians have growing up is where they’ll find love, friendship, and community as adults. This presentation focuses on God’s calling for Christians to form friendship and community, and the unique challenges and opportunities for gay persons in the Church.

Previous venues include a national conference for LGBTQ Christians.

Intersectionality and the Gay Catholic Experience

How does the gay Catholic experience shed light on minority experiences generally? How do we approach others with open-mindedness and create cultures where diversity and inclusion can thrive? This presentation focuses on one experience of intersectionality, with the hopes of fostering environments where more experiences can be shared.

Previous venues include a corporate panel for a Fortune 50 retailer.

Catholicism’s Clergy Abuse Crisis

Catholicism’s clergy abuse crisis is one of the most controversial, complicated, and important issues facing the Church today. This presentation, given either by Chris individually or with a YArespond panel, gives an overview of the crisis, the findings of the John Jay report, and what Catholics can do to respond in holistic, informed, and productive ways.

Previous venues include an American law school and a Catholic basilica.