Michael Bernard Kelly

Michael Bernard Kelly, our longtime friend, passed away 14 November 2020. He was an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University’s Centre for Religious Studies, Australia. Over the past twenty years he led retreats, spoke at conferences, lectured at universities and published essays and papers in Australia, the UK and the USA. His writing and life inspired many. 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).

Two recent articles that Michael contributed to bent street:

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. Find Seduced by Grace on Amazon and Google Play Books.


‘Michael Kelly writes with great perception and poignancy of a yearning which everyone share. A yearning for love, both physical and spiritual, a yearning for completion …’ Fiona Capp

‘These are passionate despatches of a reporter from one of the most hostile – for gay men and women – regimes on earth: the Catholic church. Michael Kelly has come out but stayed in. His indictment of the church is stark, but his vision of what it might become has the power to move even hardened atheists …’ David Marr

‘Authentic, vulnerable … life-giving’ … Dorothy Macrae-McMahon

The Erotic Contemplative

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

The Erotic Contemplative - Michael Bernard Kelly - Study Guide

Download free > The Erotic Contemplative Study Guide

The ebook version of this study guide is available now through Google Play Books, Apple, Kobo, and Amazon Kindle.

Now re-released in a newly digitised format, the six lectures are now available to a wider audience on YoutubeClick HERE.

‘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.’