Michael Bernard Kelly

Michael Bernard Kelly is an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University’s Centre for Religious Studies, Australia. Over the past twenty years he has led retreats, spoken at conferences, lectured at universities and published essays and papers in Australia, the UK and the USA. He is the author/presenter of The Erotic Contemplative video-lecture series, author of  Seduced by Grace and Christian Mysticism’s Queer Flame: Spirituality in the Lives of Contemporary Gay Men (Routledge Studies in Religion)

Dr Michael Kelly can be contacted on: theeroticcontemplative@hotmail.com

He is available for spiritual direction, retreats and workshops.

Seduced by Grace

Michael Bernard Kelly’s Seduced by Grace: Contemporary Spirituality, Gay Experience and Christian Faith (2007) was a significant publication for Clouds of Magellan Press. With the publication of The Erotic Contemplative (2019) – companion guide to the newly digitised and re-released video series of the same name – we are re-issuing the ebook. [link coming]

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The Erotic Contemplative

The Erotic Contemplative: Reflections on the Spiritual Journey of the Gay/Lesbian Christian – study guide is a six-volume lecture series for living, loving, and prayer. It is based on the video series recorded by Michael Kelly.

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‘In 1994 Dr Joseph Kramer of Erospirit Research Institute in California asked me if I would record some reflections that might support and encourage gay and lesbian Christians in reclaiming and re-imagining their spiritual lives. I was honoured by the invitation and excited by the project. These six lectures were my response to that invitation. They were recorded live in Oakland, California, in September and October, 1994, and published in both video and audiotape formats the next year.’

Now re-released in a newly digitised format, the lectures are now available to a wider audience on Youtube. This ebook /pdf is a companion to the lectures.