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Daniel Bell

Daniel Bell, born 1986, is the Protestant chaplain at Tufts University. Reverend Bell is a graduate of Gordon College, where he studied history, biblical studies and theology and went on to complete a divinity degree at Yale University. In 2015, Daniel helped start a youth community group at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church supporting LGBTQ+ teens known as “Be You”. Daniel Bell was interviewed by Professor Andrew Darien on October 20, 2023. He speaks about his faith community, reconciling his faith with his queer identity, finding support, community organizing, Be You, generational changes, and liberation for all.

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It's given me a wider global perspective.

Daniel Bell

Being queer was not reconcilable with being a Christian.

Daniel Bell

That struggle was also playing out in my own mind and heart.

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Learning community organizing.

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You can be your whole self.

Daniel Bell

Youth homelessness, especially queer youth.

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Youth Pride in Boston.

Daniel Bell

God's will is for the well being of all people and of all beings.

Daniel Bell

When we confine ourselves to our own issues we are diminished.

Daniel Bell

Gay and lesbian identity did not come up.

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That very much was an existential crisis.

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I'm so grateful to know that I was not alone.

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A community of faith that is part of the neighborhood.

Daniel Bell

You were loved and cared for exactly for who you are.

Daniel Bell

Youth homelessness, especially queer youth.

Daniel Bell

Be explicit about being in solidarity with LGBTQ folk.

Daniel Bell

How does this generation compare to yours?

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We have to keep the wider view.

Daniel Bell

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