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WHen We All

Get to HEaven


December 1st, 2018


When We All Get to Heaven


When We All Get to Heaven is a documentary podcast that tells the story of how one of the first gay-positive churches, the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco, faced the personal, social, and political trials of the AIDS epidemic, including the deaths of 500 of its members.

The podcast follows a community of LGBTQ Christians as they struggle to make meaning of illness, death, and social and political isolation while caught between two communities: a religious world that said that gays had no place and a gay rights movement that said God had no place. It tells the stories of clergy and lay people, people with AIDS and those who cared for them, and the activists, theologians and community members that joined the congregation in search of spiritual answers, sustenance, and healing.




Lynne Gerber is an independent scholar whose work is focused on religion and the body in the United States. From 2015-2017 she was a Research Fellow at the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. She had held research positions at the Beatrice Bain Research Group and the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, both at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Seeking the Straight and Narrow: Weight Loss and Sexual Reorientation in Evangelical America (Chicago, 2011). Her research has also appeared in American Quarterly, Gender and Society, Nova Religio, Religion Dispatches and Salon. Lynne holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union. She is currently a lecturer at Harvard Divinity School.


Ariana Nedelman is the producer and co-creator of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, a podcast about Harry Potter and spirituality. She is a former associate producer at Pemberley Digital, where she helped produce an Emmy Award winning adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. She also worked as the Social Media Manager at PBS Digital Studios, where she focused on building engaged audiences around educational programming. She has her B.A. in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing an MDiv at Harvard Divinity School.

Siri Colom is an urban sociologist who focuses on politics after disasters. She uses the lens of sociology to think about how structural oppression manifests and emerges in the everyday politics of people attempting to rebuild lives and homes. She holds a PhD from the University of California Berkeley. She has recently been trained in radio production through Transom.   




Other Work

Audio segments developed for Sexing History podcast.