Category Archives: Transpirituality

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A Transgender Journey Toward Pride: A Creation Theology

Five years ago, I would not have thought I would be celebrating Pride month. Having spent my life trying to ignore the person I am, I had gotten good at defending LGBTQ exclusion from the Church. My non-acceptance of myself wasn’t about the select passages

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Check Your Expectations, Because God Works Through Everyone

Editor’s note: The Hillsong Church referenced in this essay is the same global megachurch network recently rocked by the firing of Stephen Carl Lentz, pastor of its New York City congregation, for “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.”

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Not Fearing Our Neighbors

Fear of others is a powerful emotion. It is a very human response toward the unknown. An unknown group of people or community can create this emotion in us. Fear creates an internal warning system in each person to keep the individual from doing things

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A Transgender Meditation on the Beatitudes

God’s community comes to one like me On a recent Sunday I had the opportunity to preach on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) at First Christian Church of Decatur (Ga.), where I am serving as an intern as part of my seminary studies at Candler School

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Gendered with Purpose

“Why should I feel punished by my gender identity?” It is a simple question, one that I’ve asked myself a lot over the last few years. I ask it because I’m often reminded why so many other Christians question my trans identity. A year ago

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Treasuring Life in the Face of Death

Editor’s note: Since this essay was written, Transgender Awareness Week has emerged as a weeklong celebration leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an important day. Every year on November 20th we gather to mourn those who are murdered

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Transcending Gender

The word “Transgender” has acquired an importance to me that I never could have predicted. I now recognize its meaning, its true meaning, as the key to Gay identity. Transgender refers to people who transcend biological gender. It has nothing to do with the idea

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On Dating, Being a Christian and a Single Transman

Trying to see beyond myself I’ve never dated another Christian. God, it’s embarrassing to type that. Even though Scripture says that we should be with other believers, I have never trusted that the same God who died on the Cross for me could possibly bring

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Secret Wounds, Magic Words: Eunuchs in the Bible

What do transsexuals want? If I may propose an answer from my experience, it would be: To be respected as members of our chosen gender, as plausible objects of desire, and as reasonable people. Of course, transsexuals are not the only ones who harbor such

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That Sweet Flying

The boundary between physical and nonphysical is very imprecise for us. — Donna J. Haraway, “A Manifesto for Cyborgs, Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s,” in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature A friend tells me psychics can provide direction, so