United Theological Seminary

Justin Sabia-Tanis

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Assistant Professor for Social Transformation and Director of Social Transformation

Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis earned his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on sexuality, art, and religion. In addition, he has an MDiv from Harvard University and DMin from San Francisco Theological Seminary. As a pastor, he served congregations in Boston, Honolulu, and San Francisco and as Director of Leadership Development for Metropolitan Community Churches; he is now with the United Church of Christ. Justin has a long history with grassroots activism, including AIDS advocacy in the 1980s and serving as spokesperson and media coordinator for the Hawai’i Equal Rights Marriage Project in the 1990s. Justin directed communications at the National Center for Transgender Equality and for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. He served as managing director for four years of the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion at Pacific School of Religion. He is currently active in humanitarian efforts with migrants in Southern Arizona. Justin has taught at Iliff School of Theology, Pacific School of Religion, University of Arizona, and Pima Community College. He is the author of Transgendered: Ministry, Theology, and Communities of Faith (Pilgrim Press, 2003; Wipf and Stock 2018), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and is a contributor to the forthcoming Transgender: Four Views (Baker Academic Press, 2019). He has also contributed chapters to the Queer Bible Commentary, Take Back the Word: A Queer Reading of the Bible, Transfaith: A Transgender Pastoral Resource and a forthcoming book, Unraveling Systems from Within.