Joretta Marshall, dean of Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, announced that the school has hired the Rev. Jo Hudson, former pastor of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, as an adjunct faculty member. Brite is on the campus of Texas Christian University.
Hudson, who resigned from COH after nine years in April, will be part of the Carpenter Initiative in Gender, Sexuality and Justice, which produces “programs that promote a critical engagement with issues of gender and sexual justice” and promotes attention to these issues in church and culture. Marshall directs the Carpenter Initiative.
Marshall said Hudson will teach part time, working with the school’s United Church of Christ students, lecturing, conducting workshops and preaching in chapel this fall. She said she hopes some of the programs will be open to the public and plans are still being formed.
“We extremely excited to have her on staff,” Marshall said.
Hudson will not be the first LGBT staff member at Brite. Both Marshall and the Rev. Stephen Sprinkle are also gay.
Marshall said Hudson is also working as the gathering pastor of Extravagance UCC, described on the website as, “a web-based spiritual community that gathers in a new way of defining church in the 21st century.”