Contact: Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale
Fact Sheet for Rev Dr. Beverly Dale
The Rev. Dr. Dale was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition in 1985. She received her seminary education from Chicago Theological Seminary. This seminary is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and is a part of an ecumenical consortium where she also did coursework at Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Catholic seminaries. She has served as a pastor of a church in Colfax, Illinois from 1983-1989 and is currently a clergy-in-residence at the United Christian Church of Levittown.
Rev Dale’s original one-woman show is called “An Irreverent Journey from Eggbeaters to Vibrators” and includes both memoir and fiction, as well as poetry and original music and has been performed at the Fringe festivals in Philadelphia and Wilmington DE, at a conference of theologians and seminary administrators in San Francisco while specific characters have been performed in churches and on campuses. Her publishing career has included poetry and essays in a variety of venues, Journal of Women and Religion, Disciples World, The Other Side, and Just Women. Her most recent publication is a book published by Routledge Publications (2019) titled Advancing Sexual Health for the Christian Client: Data & Dogma co-authored with sexologist and therapist Rachel Keller. She has contributed to two edited books, Bread Afresh, Wine Anew, Sermons by Disciples Women and Table Talk: Resources for Communion. She is a past contributor of the newsletter for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Rev Dale studied sexuality in a variety of courses while an undergraduate student at Illinois State University and in 2005 was trained by the Unitarian Universalist denomination to teach the sexuality curriculum to grades 7th-12th entitled Our Whole Lives. She has spoken to campus groups on the “hook up culture” and served on a variety of interfaith panels representing a faith position that embraces the importance for women to control of their own reproduction. Currently her work with the Incarnation Institute for Sex & Faith, a sex-positive teaching non-profit that she founded educates people about a sexually affirming faith perspective, seeks to answer sexuality questions, and provide resources to further individual study. Those resources include a four-part webinar series that is a curriculum on sex positivity called Reading the Bible with Sex-Positive Eyes, and a YouTube series titled Sex is Good.
Teacher and lecturer
Rev Dale is a popular workshop lecturer at various national conferences and has facilitated a wide variety of group discussions on the subject of sexuality and matters of faith. Some of these include: Exploring the Sexual Jungle with Young Adults, Exploring God and Sexuality, Why is the Body of Christ Afraid of the Body?, Sex on Campus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Song of Songs: Sexuality and Sensuality, Moving Beyond Lust and Plumbing, and Preachers and Politicians in an Overcrowded Bedroom. While serving on Penn’s campus she was known as a dynamic speaker and was called the “conscience of the university.” Her presence at rallies with the sexual minority communities, people of color, and women who are sexual assault survivors, reflect her understandings of the intersections that are at the heart of all work for body justice.
Rev Dale has been a spiritual director for college students, male and female and has been trained to provide pastoral leadership as a volunteer chaplain at Planned Parenthood clinics. Besides the counseling training received while in seminary, she has taken one year of training in systems therapy at the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia.