Lessons in Inclusivity: What UUs Can Learn From Progressive Muslims by Katrina Daly Thompson

This talk examines language socialization in a network of inclusive Muslims involved in North American and online groups with a focus on congregants in a progressive, LGBTQ-majority mosque. Examining how group members take up different discursive roles during Friday prayers to enact authority, I demonstrate that they influence one another’s language use through socialization into inclusivity of not only queer but also other marginalized Muslims, thus transforming one another’s use of language as they move toward their collective goal of intersectional inclusivity. Finally, I ask: what can UUs learn from the radically inclusive practices of progressive Muslims?